Jesus is the light of the world

In the Bible light is used in a number of places to describe the things of God and the good things of this world.

In the beginning God said, “Let there be light” and there was light in Genesis 1:3. Psalm 18:28 tells us “You light a lamp for me. The LORD, my God, lights up my darkness.” And in Psalm 119:105 it says, “Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path”.

One key verse for me is John 8:12. In this verse Jesus described Himself in this way, “I am the light of the world. If you follow Me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”

Jesus is the light of the world. He lights our way and He fills our life with His light. And His light leads to life.

As I reflected on this today for my morning devotions I remembered Jesus’ death. When Jesus was on the cross being crucified it says darkness came over the earth.

Matthew 27:45-46 says, “At noon, darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock. 46 At about three o’clock, Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, My God, why have You abandoned Me?”

Not long after these words, Jesus gave up His Spirit and died.

I find it interesting that Jesus came into the world to be light, and when the world rejected Him and crucified Him, the lights went out. Darkness fell over all the earth in the middle of the day.

For us as Christians we need to remember that Jesus is the light of the world. He is our light and our hope. And He calls us to let our lights shine to those around us (Matthew 5:16).

Prayer

Dear Jesus, I thank You that you came into this world to be light for us. I pray that You will help us to reflect Your light to those we come in contact with each day. Amen

Two weeks on God’s plan for salvation

Here is another two week Bible reading plan. This one is God’s plan for salvation. Please enjoy…

Day 1 – Genesis 3:1-24 – The first sin creates a need
Day 2 – Isaiah 52:1-15 – Salvation is prophesised
Day 3 – Isaiah 53:1-12 – The suffering servant
Day 4 – Luke 15:1-32 – Three stories about God’s love
Day 5 – John 3:1-36 – Jesus explains being born again
Day 6 – John 10:1-42 – The Good Shepherd
Day 7 – Acts 8:1-40 – Conversions spread outside the Jews
Day 8 – Acts 26:1-32 – Paul tells his life story to a king
Day 9 – Romans 3:1-31 – God’s provision for sin
Day 10 – Romans 5:1-21 – Peace with God
Day 11 – Galatians 3:1-29 – Salvation can’t be found in obeying the law
Day 12 – Ephesians 2:1-22 – The new life in Christ
Day 13 – 1 Peter 1:1-25 – Future rewards of Salvation
Day 14 – 2 Peter 1:1-21 – Making sure of your salvation

End time events timeline

There are a number of different views held about end time events. Some hold that Christians will be taken out of the world before much of it happens. Some hold that Christians are here for some of the things, while others believe Christians go through it all. Below is a explanation of the first view. I found it quite helpful.

Crying out to God in your desert place

All of us as Christians go through desert places. Where our journey feels dry and barren and it is like we are walking through a hot, dry and windy desert alone.

David went through a number of times like this. We read a number of times in Psalms where he cried out to God and told God how he was really truly feeling!

I really like David’s honesty in his prayers. He laid out all his hurts, his pain, his fears and his frustrations. He did not try to hide anything from God.

The reality is that God knew how David was feeling and He knows how we are feeling today too. He sees into our hearts and sees our pain, our frustration and our deep longings.

When I go through a desert place my first reaction to push on and tough it out. Slowly (read as extremely slowly) I realise what it happening and I go easy on myself and go to God honestly in prayer.

David’s prayer from Psalm 63 has been a great help in these times. It is worth a slow and reflective read…

Psalm 63:1-8 NLT
[1] O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water. [2] I have seen you in your sanctuary and gazed upon your power and glory. [3] Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you! [4] I will praise you as long as I live, lifting up my hands to you in prayer. [5] You satisfy me more than the richest feast. I will praise you with songs of joy. [6] I lie awake thinking of you, meditating on you through the night. [7] Because you are my helper, I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings. [8] I cling to you; your strong right hand holds me securely.

If you are going through a dry place at the moment, I would encourage you to reflectively read Psalm 63 and see how David cried out to God in the midst of his sufferings.

David said he thirsted for God. He told God he longed for Him. And how he would praise Him and pray to Him as long as he lived. David even said he laid awake at night thinking of God. David also declared in the midst of it, that God held him securely.

David knew what it was to be honest with God. This is something we can learn from him. The desert place can be hard. But it becomes easier if we follow David’s example and cry out to God in the midst of it.

Blessings,
Dave