The sun will never set again, and your moon will wane no more; the Lord will be your everlasting light. (Isaiah 60:20)
In the beginning of recorded history, God said, “Let there be light.” Physical light came into this world, and that light pointed to an even greater Light. I may pray that today’s word of encouragement will empower you to be everything this Light is calling you to be.
When Jesus said to the people, “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12), what was it that He wanted them to know? He wanted them to know that He was the true Light shining in a dark world (John 1:5), and that by His light we are able to see ourselves for what we really are: sinners in desperate need of a Savior . . . and that Savior’s name is Jesus Christ.
It is the light of Christ that brings life to this world and everything that is in it. When we follow the light of Jesus, we no longer walk in darkness. We walk according to the plan and purpose that God has for our lives; and when we do not stumble into sin, it is because the light of the Lord lights the path we are to walk.
Notice what Scripture says about this everlasting Light:
The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. The nations will walk by its light. (Revelation 21:23-24)
On that first Easter morning, God the Father put His stamp of approval on God the Son through the power of God the Holy Spirit and made the Son rise from the grave. When Jesus walked out of the grave, He conquered sin, Satan, and death, and in so doing, He established Himself as the true Light of the world that will never go out. By following the light of Christ, we have the assurance that we will never walk in darkness, which is the assurance of God’s gracious gift of salvation. And this assurance empowers us to be what we have been called to be: “lights” (Matthew 5:14) in this dark world that shine for the benefit of others.
Think about it this way: The moon has no light of its own. The light from the moon we see at night is light reflected from the sun. Just like the moon, we have no light of our own. Our light comes from the true Son, the Light of the world, and we are to reflect His light for all the world to see. The closer we walk with Jesus, the brighter our light will shine. People will see our light in the gracious words we use and our selfless acts of service, and these will bear witness to the True Light that shines in the hearts of all Christian believers.
Let me leave you with this question: How brightly does the Son rise each day in your life? Does it light the path for those you walk with? Does it help others to see clearly and keep from stumbling into sin? Remember, the more you let your light shine, the more the Son will rise in the lives of others, lifting them out of the depths of darkness to walk in His everlasting light.
You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
(Matthew 5:14-16)This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!