Sunday, June 26, 2016

The Light That Has Lighted The World.1

"I have come to be a light to the world, that whoever believes in me should not remain in darkness

I am the light that has lighted the world; they that follow me will never again walk in darkness, but live their lives in the light." 

On his first day of kindergarten, nephew Sam declared: 
"I'm Sam Eberhart. 
I'm a John Deere man 
and that's all you need to know!"

Imagine the Lord of all Creation introducing Himself to this dark world with little Sam's certainty: 
"I'm Jesus Christ. 
I am the Light
and that's all you need to know!"

Such perplexing times: living our lives by the light of televisions and computer screens we watch the world get darker! How easy to get caught up in the collective anxiety of the world's worries: Brexit, Market fluctuations, ISIS attacks, Presidential elections, Protests, Gun Control, Gas Prices, Milk Prices, Inflation, Deflation, Wild Weather, Wild Horses, Persecution, Human Trafficking, Drug Trafficking, Refugees, Regulations, 1%er's, Political Plunder, Political Correctness, Corruption, Racism, Phobias in all their Forms, Global Climate Change, and (if that weren't enough) Indian Nickname Change.

So however tempting it may be to try to explain the complexities of this world by this or that eschatology, doctrine or theology, the call is simple: 
believe in the Light
Hold on to the Man who Is the Light!
Light gives hope; 
Light gives meaning; 
Light shows the way; 
Light conquers darkness!

"God means us to be jubilant in the fact that he is Light--that he is what his children, made in his image, mean when
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they say light; that what in him is dark to them, is dark by excellent glory, by too much cause of jubilation; that, however dark it may be to their eyes, it is light even as they mean it, light for their eyes and souls and hearts to take in the moment they are enough of eyes, enough of souls, enough of hearts, to receive it in its very being.

Living Light, thou wilt not have me believe anything dark of thee!"
 MacDonald, George. Unspoken Sermons Series I., II., and III. 
(Kindle locations 5458-5461). Public Domain Books. Kindle Edition.