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Here is a favorite post of mine from nearly two years ago - I think it will do us some good to take another look at the light!

Who is the Light of the World?

Again therefore Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world; he who follows Me shall not walk in the darkness, but shall have the light of life." (John 8:12)

Here Jesus proclaims that He is the light of the world. So it would appear that the standard Sunday School answer will work here - Who it the Light of the World? - Jesus!

While I am in the world, I am the light of the world. (John 9:5)

He repeats this proclamation here in John 9.

I have come as light into the world, that everyone who believes in Me may not remain in darkness. (John 12:46)

And again in John 12.

But in the Sermon on the mount we get a different take.

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. (Matt 5:14)

When our question is posed to Jesus, we get another answer today. Who is the light of the world? You are! That's pretty empowering isn't it? Jesus said that you (yes, I'm talking to you!) are the light of the world.

Light of the World

So how is it that He is the Light of the World, and we are the light of the world. Check out this bit from the first chapter of John:

He [John the Baptist] was not the light, but came that he might bear witness of the light. There [in Jesus] was the true light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man. (John 1:8-9)

You see, Jesus is not only the light, but he is the lighter. Check out this prophesy from Isaiah about our day. (my opinion)

Arise, shine; for your light has come, And the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. For behold, darkness will cover the earth, And deep darkness the peoples; But the LORD will rise upon you, And His glory will appear upon you. And nations will come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising. (Isaiah 60:1-3)

I have heard many folks say our job is to reflect the glory of the Lord before men, but I say Jesus is calling on us to be more than reflectors. When I read these passages (feel free to read more than what I have listed here, this is just a taste) I hear the Lord saying He is the source of all light, but He sets us aflame - like candles and lanterns, not mirrors or moons. We don't simply reflect His glory, we are set ablaze with His glory, and we shine the light He has given us in the darkness, gross darkness, He has trusted us to illuminate.

I love that! What a great job He has given us. My mother always used to tell me "Bloom where you're planted." Well today I say: "Shine where you're screwed in!" [Tweet This]

Can you shine the light into the darkness He has assigned to you today? Perhaps you can share your victories with us, to encourage us to shine in our own darkness.

Thanks for dropping in today.

Ben

All scriptures are quoted from the NASB.

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Don't Neglect the Infrastructure

Today, I have some random Red Letters for you because today is another Red Letter Day!

There are tons of folks out there who want to tell you that Jesus’ words are unreliable, that they can’t be trusted. Some of them are scholars who have spent decades researching ancient languages and documents. Others are those who use seemingly impenetrable arguments and logic to “prove” the Bible to be full of holes.

Jesus makes a statement in John 7 that helps me to understand who I should listen to.

If anyone wants to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority. ~ John 7:17

Before you can believe anyone’s theology, you need to take a peek at their life. Jesus tells us that the only ones who can rightly judge Jesus’ doctrine are the ones who desire to do the will of the Father.

That word ‘will’ (the first one - thelō) means:

1)    to will, have in mind, intend

  1. to be resolved or determined, to purpose
  2. to desire, to wish
  3. to love

2)    to like to do a thing, be fond of doing

  1. to take delight in, have pleasure

(BlueLetterBible.org)

Do you see it? Only people who are trying to do the will of God have the right to judge the word of God. [Tweet This]

So next time someone tries to talk you out of something Jesus told you – check the fruit. If this is a person whose main desire is to do the will of God, who is striving to walk in the light, and bring light to all around – he might be a good source. But on the other hand, if he is casual about life in general, and careless about the will of God for his life – that is a bit suspect.

If he or she simply rejects Jesus altogether, your job then is to simply love them, pray for them, and preach the Word (Jesus) to them. Leave the rest up to Him.

Ben NelsonThanks for coming by today.

See you again soon.

Ben

For next few posts, I want to look into the Light. So get out your Son glasses and join me, will you? (sorry about the bad pun)

My first area of thought is a simple question: Who is the Light of the World?

Again therefore Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world; he who follows Me shall not walk in the darkness, but shall have the light of life." (John 8:12)

Here Jesus proclaims that He is the light of the world. So it would appear that the standard Sunday School answer will work here - Who it the Light of the World? - Jesus!

While I am in the world, I am the light of the world. (John 9:5)

He repeats this proclamation here in John 9.

I have come as light into the world, that everyone who believes in Me may not remain in darkness. (John 12:46)

And again in John 12.

But in the Sermon on the mount we get a different take.

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. (Matt 5:14)

When our question is posed to Jesus, we get another answer today. Who is the light of the world? You are! That's pretty empowering isn't it? Jesus said that you (yes, I'm talking to you!) are the light of the world.

Light of the World

So how is it that He is the Light of the World, and we are the light of the world. Check out this bit from the first chapter of John:

He [John the Baptist] was not the light, but came that he might bear witness of the light. There [in Jesus] was the true light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man. (John 1:8-9)

You see, Jesus is not only the light, but he is the lighter. Check out this prophesy from Isaiah about our day. (my opinion)

Arise, shine; for your light has come, And the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. For behold, darkness will cover the earth, And deep darkness the peoples; But the LORD will rise upon you, And His glory will appear upon you. And nations will come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising. (Isaiah 60:1-3)

I have heard many folks say our job is to reflect the glory of the Lord before men, but I say Jesus is calling on us to be more than reflectors. When I read these passages (feel free to read more than what I have listed here, this is just a taste) I hear the Lord saying He is the source of all light, but He sets us aflame - like candles and lanterns, not mirrors or moons. We don't simply reflect His glory, we are set ablaze with His glory, and we shine the light He has given us in the darkness, gross darkness, He has trusted us to illuminate.

I love that! What a great job He has given us. My mother always used to tell me "Bloom where you're planted." Well today I say: "Shine where you're screwed in!" [Tweet This]

Can you shine the light into the darkness He has assigned to you today? Perhaps you can share your victories with us, to encourage us to shine in our own darkness.

Thanks for dropping in today.

Ben

All scriptures are quoted from the NASB.

Sunglasses photo credit: Easa Shamih (eEko) | P.h.o.t.o.g.r.a.p.h.y via photo pin cc

Light of the World (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lantern photo credit: ralphunden via photo pin cc

Thy Name – Matt 6:9

Today we are going to look at Jesus and His Jehovah declarations. Jehovah basically means I AM, and Jesus uses this phrase through his ministry. It is especially apparent when you look at the Gospel of John.

There are those who say that Jesus never claimed to be God, but these are those who do not understand the Jewish culture. This I AM that begins with Moses at the burning bush, and runs throughout the Old Testament (see yesterday’s post) we see Jesus pick up and carry into His ministry.

Yesterday I said that we learn much about the nature and character of God through His name. Today we will look at how much Jesus told us about Himself by using this same form. I AM…

Here are 7 notable I AMs of Jesus in John’s Gospel:

1) John 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I AM the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

2) 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.

3) John 10:7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I AM the door of the sheep.

4) John 10:11 I AM the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

5) John 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I AM the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

6) John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I AM the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

7) John 15:1 I AM the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.

Then there was this one that made the Jewish leadership crazy:

8) John 8:58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I AM.

This really does not need a lot of commentary. It is so clear. Jesus is everything we need, and everything we desire. One of the Old Testament names I have not mentioned is “Desire of Nations” and when I read these verses, I am like – Oh Jesus, I want you more than anything! I will follow You anywhere, because You are worthy! [Tweet ThisWhat can you hear Jesus speak to you as you read His names?

BenThanks for reading today.

Ben

"A Name I Know" by Steve Swanson
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