Light

                                                      light

My last post was on the first “I Am” statement found in John 6:35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.

I asked the question what are you really hungry for and how do you satisfy that hunger? You can go back to the archives to see what Jesus says and how you can truly be fed.

The second “I Am” statement is found in John 8:12. Jesus stands up in the temple on the last day of the Feast of the Tabernacles, where light shown all around and proclaimed “I Am the Light of the world”!

Do you ever stop to think why light? Why do you need light?

I love how D.A. Carson shows us why Jesus can make this claim: The light metaphor is steeped in Old Testament allusions. The glory of the very presence of God in the cloud led the people to the Promised Land (Ex. 13:21–22) and protected them from those who would destroy them (Ex. 14:19–25). The Israelites were trained to sing, ‘The LORD is my light and my salvation’ (Ps. 27:1). The word of God, the law of God, is a light to guide the path of those who cherish instruction (Ps. 119:105; Pr. 6:23); God’s light is shed abroad in revelation (Ezekiel. 1:4, 13, 26–28) and salvation (Hab. 3:3–4).‘Light is Yahweh in action, (Ps. 44:3)’.12 Isaiah tells us that the servant of the LORD was appointed as a light to the Gentiles, that he might bring God’s salvation to the ends of the earth (Is. 49:6). The coming eschatological age would be a time when the LORD himself would be the light for his people (Is. 60:19–22; cf. Rev. 21:23–24).Then we will have the promise fulfilled of continual light, followed by the promise of living waters flowing from Jerusalem (Zechariah 14:5b–7) was probably read as part of the feast. Already in the Fourth gospel the dawning of the light in the coming of Jesus has been a significant theme. In this age of an inaugurated but not yet consummated kingdom, however, the light is still in mortal combat with darkness (1:4, 9; 3:19–21). Jesus’ claims  in connection with the Feast of Tabernacles is strategically place for it prepares the way for chapter 9, where the outworking of Jesus’ claim to be the light is depicted in a miracle by which a blind man is made to see, while others who think they see remain blind to the light. (D.A. Carson, The Pillar Commentary: John, p.337-338)

In the following verses what do you learn about light, darkness and how should you respond?

John 1: 1-14 in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. There came a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him. He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light. There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.  He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him.  But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth

John chapter 9:5 Jesus says “while I am in the world, I am the Light of the world.”

John 12:35, 36, 46so Jesus said to them, “For a little while longer the Light is among you. Walk while you have the Light, so that darkness will not overtake you; he who walks in the darkness does not know where he goes. While you have the Light, believe in the Light, so that you may become sons of Light.”I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness”.

Matthew 5:14, 16 Jesus says “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

 1 John 1:5-7 “This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. “

Ephesians 5:8-13  “for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them; for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret. But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light.”

Jesus Christ is the Light.

We are the light as followers of Christ and are to reflect Him in how we live.

As you go about your week think about light…. when you wake up to the sunlight or turn on a light at night.

How will you be the light and walk in the Light?

Let me know your thoughts, I would love to hear from you! Together, as we let our light shine, we can be a bright light, shining on a hill reflecting our Lord!

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About kimlenon
Welcome to Inside Out! I desire to offer encouragement and resources to help women live their lives Inside Out because God changes us from the Inside Out! I have been married to Dave for 39 years. We have 3 children and 8 grandchildren. My passion is to teach women how to study and apply God's Word.

2 Responses to Light

  1. thank you so much for putting this together today! My biggest challenge is to be a Light to my children. It sounds easy and simple, but motherhood has been the most difficult role to walk in the Light! Thanks for your encouragement – we aren’t the LIGHT, we’re just the lampstands!

    • kimlenon says:

      You are welcome Melissa! We do have big challenges in our lives to reflect the Light and how well I remember the difficulty in motherhood.
      I also want to let you know that you are a light that reflects Christ in all you do and He shines so bright through you! You are an example to us all, Love you!

      Thank you for your encouragement to make this a series. I guess I actually started one when I looked back at my last post 🙂

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