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About-Him.Com Devotional 08-21-2010
I AM, the Light of the World
Genesis 1:3 ¶ And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
In the very first act of creation, God said, “ Let there be light,” and there was light. 1John 1:5 tells us that light is an essential part of God’s being. I believe that when God said, “Let there be light,” that He was simply extending Himself into His creation. Lest I sound like a new ager, consider that light was created on the first day. Herbs and fruits reproduced on the third day without benefit of the sun, which did not appear until the forth day. We know that plants cannot grow without light, so how did the fruits and seeds reproduce on the third day, without aid from the sun? Obviously because the glory of eternal God was shinning directly over His creation. We will see this at the end of the age after that the sun and moon have failed.
Revelation 21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb [is] the light thereof.
God is a being of intense light and the glorified Jesus dwells in that light to which no man can approach (1Ti 6:16 ). Paul was blinded by His light on the road to Damascus (Ac.9:3, 22:6). In Revelation 1:16, John described His countenance as the sun shining in it’s strength (Rev. 1:16). After Moses communed with God on Sinai, he had to put a veil on his face, because his countenance was too bright for anyone to look on him (Ex. 34:33-35).
1Timothy 6:16 Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom [be] honour and power everlasting. Amen.
Before God called for light, the world was in total and absolute darkness. We’ll never see that degree of darkness, unless we miss heaven. Something to think about! Darkness is simply the absence of light. It cannot be created, it only becomes apparent when light is removed. Other aspects of light is that it only shines in a straight line, just like our God! A beam of light can be used to convey information such as when God’s word illuminates our pathway (Ps. 119:107). Light always generates heat and heat generates fire, such as the fire that is an integral part of the baptism of the Holy Ghost (Mt. 3:11).
1John 1:5 ¶ This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
The light of God penetrates the hidden recesses of our hearts, revealing everything that is not pleasing to God. I recall a story told by the late Ruth Graham: The TV people were coming to their house to do an interview. Naturally they cleaned the house from top to bottom. All looked well, as far as they could see, that is until the TV technicians turned on their super bright lights. Every speck of dust in the house became noticeably visible. So it is when God’s light penetrates our hearts. The brighter the light, the more dirt shows up.
John 3:21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
Three times in the book of John, Jesus appropriates the unutterable name of Jehovah unto Himself declaring, “I AM the light of the world (Jn. 8:12, 9:5, 12:46), thus declaring Himself to be God Almighty, the Creator of light. Those who opposed Him knew exactly what He was saying (Jn. 10:33; Col. 1:15-17).
John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
John began His gospel by recalling that Jesus was the Creator who had been manifested in the flesh for our redemption (Jn. 1:1,3,14). He stated that Jesus possessed “life” and that this life (Deity) was the light of men. His light appears to every person who enters this world and those who believe on Him will be saved (Jn. 1:4,7,9).
Have you ever turned over a rock and watched the bugs scurry away, looking for some dark recess where the sunlight cannot penetrate? That is exactly how we were, before we believed and obeyed the gospel. The kingdom of Satan and everything of this world is in darkness as opposed to the kingdom of God which is a kingdom of light.
2Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
John 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
However, the light of God shinned into our hearts and gave us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthitians 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to [give] the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
Things are different now. The things that we once loved, we now hate and the things that we once hated, we now love. We have been introduced to the Savior of the world who gave us , redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace (Eph. 1:7). He gave us an eternal inheritance and sealed us with His Holy Spirit (Eph. 1:11,13). Because we responded to the light of God, He has made us a fit place for His Spirit to live (Eph. 2:22). What a privilege that is! The light of God has shown us that in Jesus we have all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Col. 2:3).
John 8:12 ¶ Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
John 12:35 Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.
John 12:46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.
Having received the Light of God’s Spirit, We have a responsibility to those around us who are dwelling in darkness. We must let our lights be shining at all times, for all to see, that they also may respond to the life changing gospel of Jesus Christ.
Matthew 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Lamps make oil-spots and candles need snuffing; it is only the light of heaven that shines pure and leaves no stain. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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