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Here's a great Christmas song. Thanks to Pastor J. over at Lillie-Put for reminding me of this wonderful song.

"Light Of The World"

The world waits for a miracle
The heart longs for a little bit of hope
Oh come, Oh come Emmanuel

The child prays for peace on earth
And she's calling out from a sea of hurt
Oh come, Oh come Emmanuel

And can you hear
The angels singing

Glory to the light of the world
Glory the light of the world is here

The drought breaks
With the tears of a mother
A babies cry is the sound
Of love come down
Come down, Emmanuel

He is the song for the suffering
He is messiah
The Prince of Peace has come
He has come, Emmanuel

Glory to the light of the world
Glory to the light of the world
Glory to the light of the world
Glory to the light of the world
For all who wait
For all who hunger
For all who've prayed
For all who wander
Behold your King
Behold Messiah
Emmanuel, Emmanuel

Glory to the light of the world
Glory to the light of the world
Glory to the light of the world
Behold your King
Behold Messiah
Emmanuel, Emmanuel

The world waits for a miracle
The heart longs for a little bit of hope
O come, O come, Emmanuel

Thanks to AZLyrics.com for these words.

Ben NelsonThanks for coming by,

Merry Christmas,

Ben

 

shine

 

Who is this that grows like the dawn,
As beautiful as the full moon,
As pure as the sun,
As awesome as an army with banners?

Song of Songs 6:10

When we started the Song, our maiden’s self assessment was, “I am dark, but lovely,” (1:5 NKJV) but today we find her blossoming into Christian maturity and she is anything but dark now.

Her light shines three ways.

Dawn

First, she is like the dawning of the sun, light overwhelming darkness.

For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, - Colossians 1:13

As she rises in the East, those around her are captivated by her light, and drawn to her Shepherd King. Who can miss the transformation in a life given to the Lord?

I have known folks who make a profession of faith, and never really emerge from darkness. There are times I find myself drawn to the darkness. I feel the tug of my own lust drawing me toward the sin that schemes take me captive again to darkness.

But the most beautiful thing in those moments of temptation, those seasons of night, is to see the light of dawn breaking over that darkness. When a daughter or son of the king shines before me as the morning light, I again see my calling, hope rises with that sun, and I rise out of the darkness.

Bless the Lord, O my soul!

Moon

Two things we know about the moon.

First, the moon is light that shines in the darkness.

Last month we had a glorious harvest moon, and you needed no other light to function outside. You could walk down dark paths with no need for added illumination. The Moon at it’s brightest is sufficient light to find the way.

The Moon get’s its light from the Sun, mealy reflected light. It doesn’t generate light, but mirrors the radiance that comes from Earth’s own heavenly light.

The maiden reflects the glory and majesty of her Shepherd King and Lord. He is the light of the world.

Sun

So He is the light of the world, but He instructs us to shine. He is not simply the source of our light as we reflect, but like candles, He puts His light within us and sends us out to shine in the darkness.

Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. - Matthew 5:16

See the Lord’s amazing wisdom here:

YOU shine so people see YOUR good works.

Often I hear that shining is doing good works, but that’s not what Jesus said, He said SHINE so people see your good works and when they see that good things YOU have done in such a SHINY manner, they will glorify Our Father!

Why would God get the glory and not me? If I am doing the good works, isn’t it going to glorify me?

Nope.

1 – You will be way to shiny for a mere mortal – you have been lit on fire with God’s light. That flame on your head has clearly been installed by the Father of Lights.

2 – Your works will be the glorious and wonderful works:

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. - Ephesians 2:10 NASB

No one could look at the works you were intended to do and think they were natural works. The works God has for you are supernatural.

Things like loving your spouse, loving your neighbor, loving your enemy, loving your children, loving your boss. SHINY stuff like that.

The shiny part is your character - or should I say your Nature - your new nature - your super-nature. This instruction to shine follows on the heals of the Beatitudes, where we learn the progression of the Christian walk - the stairway to maturity you might way.

So today the Lord says:

Shine My sister, My bride, My son, My friend, My child, Shine.

Shine in the darkness, rise in the morning, and burn with the fire I have place within you.

Shine

nora and papa at the table, benSee you again soon.

Ben

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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.

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

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Shine!

We all know that Jesus is the Light of the World. But once Jesus set His light in you, He says:

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; - Matthew 5:14 NASB

I guess I always have thought that being light meant not doing bad things or perhaps doing good things that Jesus did and told us to do.

Then I started to consider Matthew 5:16:

Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. (NASB)

Check it out:

You are the Light of the world

Your Light Shines

Your good works are illuminated

The Father is glorified.

You see? The light is shining on your good works. The works are not the light, but they are in the light.

I started looking at the other references where Jesus said He was the Light of the World, and I saw the same thing. Check this out from John 3:19:

And this is the judgment, that the light is come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light; for their deeds were evil. (NASB)

Men loved darkness because their deeds were evil. They did not love darkness because darkness was evil deeds, but because darkness hid their evil deeds.

This is why in the Old Testament men would leave the towns and fields and hide in groves to worship their false gods. They loved the darkness and cover that the groves provided for their evil deeds.

Our life shines in such a way as to expose our good works.

Does that sound like pride to you? Check out this little tidbit from brother Paul:

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:8-10 NASB)

You have been saved (Lit up) by grace (not works, no reason to boast.) Once saved by grace (not works) you are equipped by God to do good works that He planned and equipped you for.

The fact is, these good works you are doing in the light that Jesus has placed on, in and through you, are so good, no one will ever think it was your natural talent that produced such amazing fruit. It could only be God, and so He is glorified when your light shines on the works you do.

Was that too much for one thought?  It is leaking out of my brain even as I type it. (LOL) This makes me crazy happy. I am so excited that God has such an extraordinary plan for me that He will be glorified by stuff I do, and I can expose His amazing grace to me. And how will I do that. I will Arise and shine in this gross darkness, and let every man see what a miniChrist looks like.

If you are a letter written to this world, turn on the light so they don’t have to strain their eyes! [Tweet This]

Don’t cover up the stuff God giving you to do. Let it rip so He can get the glory He deserves.

Tell me what you think? Does this help you, or does it just bring up more questions?

Thanks for reading today.

Ben

photo credit: gigi 62 via photo pin cc

Originally published in September of 2012

Let Your Light Shine

So, now that I have decided to go ahead and shine – where do I do it?

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do men light a lamp, and put it under the peck-measure, but on the lampstand; and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. (Matt 5:14-16 NASB)

There is plenty of where in this little passage.

You are a city on a hill (in other words you are set in a prominent and obvious place)

Not hidden under a bushel but on a lamp stand

In the house

Before men

Simply put, Jesus is telling us to shine everywhere we go.

As with all of Jesus’ commissioning statements, the command is not GO, but the command is AS you go SHINE.

Notice with me that there is no difference whether you are in the city or in the house. SHINE

Don’t shine in church and disappear (spiritually) at work.

Don’t shine at church and turn into an angry green monster at home.

Shine whether you are in the darkness or the light.

We are not told to reflect. Reflectors don’t work in the dark, and Isaiah 60 makes it clear we are to shine in the darkest of places!

On the hilltops and in the houses!

At Work

At Home

At Church

At Play

SHINE!

Thanks for stopping by today.

Ben

Photo Credit: Ben Nelson - Use freely with attribution.

Shine!

We all know that Jesus is the Light of the World. In my last post I pointed out that He says you are the light of the world as well!

I guess I always have thought that being light meant not doing bad things or perhaps doing good things that Jesus did and told us to do.

Then I started to consider Matthew 5:16:

Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. (NASB)

Check it out:

You are the Light of the world

Your Light Shines

Your good works are illuminated

The Father is glorified.

You see? The light is shining on your good works. The works are not the light, but they are in the light.

I started looking at the other references where Jesus said He was the Light of the World, and I saw the same thing. Check this out from John 3:19:

And this is the judgment, that the light is come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light; for their deeds were evil. (NASB)

Men loved darkness because their deeds were evil. They did not love darkness because darkness was evil deeds, but because darkness hid their evil deeds.

This is why in the Old Testament men would leave the towns and fields and hide in groves to worship their false gods. They loved the darkness and cover that the groves provided for their evil deeds.

Our life shines in such a way as to expose our good works.

Does that sound like pride to you? Check out this little tidbit from brother Paul:

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:8-10 NASB)

You have been saved (Lit up) by grace (not works, no reason to boast.) Once saved by grace (not works) you are equipped by God to do good works that He planned and equipped you for.

The fact is, these good works you are doing in the light that Jesus has placed on, in and through you, are so good, no one will ever think it was your natural talent that produced such amazing fruit. It could only be God, and so He is glorified when your light shines on the works you do.

Was that too much for one thought?  It is leaking out of my brain even as I type it. (LOL) This makes me crazy happy. I am so excited that God has such an extraordinary plan for me that He will be glorified by stuff I do, and I can expose His amazing grace to me. And how will I do that. I will Arise and shine in this gross darkness, and let every man see what a miniChrist looks like.

If you are a letter written to this world, turn on the light so they don’t have to strain their eyes! [Tweet This]

Don’t cover up the stuff God giving you to do. Let it rip so He can get the glory He deserves.

Tell me what you think? Does this help you, or does it just bring up more questions?

Thanks for reading today.

Ben

photo credit: gigi 62 via photo pin cc

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