A cry of pain woke me in the middle of the dark wintry night. My husband wasn’t beside me. I heard footsteps descending our basement steps and another noise I couldn’t quite make out. Something was hitting the walls. Then the chopping began. Don’t get too anxious – we had an old coal furnace adapted for burning wood as our heat source. I thought my husband must be chopping some kindling. I thought wrong.
He had walked through our dark house without any light, and had stubbed his big toe on my wooden potato bin. It was his kindling. Fortunately there weren’t any potatoes in it. Had he carried a flashlight or turned on a light my potato bin may have been saved destruction and his toe pain. The light would have revealed the bin’s whereabouts.
Light reveals what’s hidden in the darkness. The two are distinctly different and unable to co-exist. Where there is pure light there is no darkness. Where there is complete darkness there is no light. When God created the heaven and the earth there was no light only a formless, empty, watery darkness. Until God spoke and said,
“Let there be light, and there was light.”
Light and darkness existed but not together. This became the first revelation of God. More followed with the completion of creation. Then Christ’s coming brought us a greater revelation of God’s glory.
“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.”
2 Corinthians 4:6
Jesus is the light revealing God.
Our “I Am” passage this week:
“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.”
Jesus tells us he is the revelation of God to the world. Jesus demonstrated this when he healed the blind man.
Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents:
but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.
I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day:
the night cometh, when no man can work.
As long as I am in the world,
I am the light of the world.”
Even after three years of teaching and working mighty works of God, while many believed on Jesus, many more did not. And we find –
“Jesus cried and said,
He that believeth on me, believeth not on me,
but on him that sent me.
And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me.
I am come a light into the world,
that whosoever believeth on me
should not abide in darkness.”
God will not be revealed in the dark things of this world but in the light of Jesus Christ. He is the light of life. He came revealing life. Apart from him there is no life. Living doesn’t truly begin until we receive the revelation of God’s glory which gives new birth to our spirit. We only have abundant life when the Holy Spirit breathes life into our spirit. It happens when we believe and receive Jesus –
“the light of the world … “
Then we receive his Promise
“he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness –
The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.” Proverbs 4:19
but shall have the light of life –
But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.” Proverbs 4:18
As believers we are children of light. The light of Christ has come into our hearts, revealing the Father to us. We no longer stumble in the darkness, as my husband did that night, but walk in the life-giving light of Christ.
How is the path you following working for you? Where is it taking you – to more light or more darkness?