It’s an exciting day here at CBC Ilderton. We have 90+ children hearing the message that Jesus is the Light of the World (John 8:12)! The sun is shining outside and I’m thrilled to participate by telling these children about the awesome adventure of God making his light shine into the world.
As much as I love bright sunny days, the theology of light is quite profound in the Bible. The first words that we hear from God in creation is “Let there be light!” (Gen. 1:3). And there was light. But have you ever noticed that the sun and stars don’t appear until day 4?
At the end of the Bible, we are told that there is no more need for sun and moon because the Lord will be the light who illumines the city of God (Rev. 22:5). But as much as the sun and the moon give light to this darkened world between Genesis 3 and Revelation 21, there is a much better light that shines.
In Leviticus 24, we get a sneak peak behind the curtain of the tent of meeting and see that a lampstand shines so that the light falls on the the bread of presence. These 12 loaves, representing God’s people, were to have the seven lights of the menorah shine upon them continually (Lev. 24:1-4). Just like the light of creation, God’s intention is to shine his face upon his people and give them life and peace (Numb. 6:24-26).
There is nothing worse than living in darkness. Without light, we feel afraid, alone, depressed, and stumble. In the darkness of sin, the Lord’s curse is upon you and rejects you, the Lord turns his face from you and leaves you be, and leaves you in turmoil (the opposite of Numbers 6).
It is so essential to live in the light. This is the message of the Bible – God is light, and in him is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5). God sends his light into this world to shine. Men might love darkness rather than light (John 3:19), but the light has come into the world and the darkness cannot stop it (John 1:5).
I’m so desperate for the light that I put my desk in front of my window! I take every chance to get out in the sun. But in my spiritual life, I need God’s revealing, creating light to break into my life daily (2 Cor. 4:4, 6). I need God to do a creative work of revealing the light of His Son to me. I need to walk in the light, the way of life and peace (Ps. 89:5; Eph. 5:8). I need God to shine light when I open my Bible so I see his revelation (Ps. 119:18, Eph. 1:17-19).
I’m desperate for the light! If God has shone his light into my heart and done a new creation work, won’t you pray for the same? And why not ask God to shine the light of his Son into the hearts of these young children who heard that Jesus is the light of the world!
Praying for the light,
As we gather for Sunday worship, we want you to meet with God and be transformed by the Word. Prepare your heart by reading the passage and listening to the songs for Sunday.