Seeing the Invisible

Connecting Points

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Today’s Topic: Invisible Clarity

Today’s Text:  Revelation 21:23 (ESV)  And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb.

I confess that I have no clearly defined point in mind to what I am going to write. I am simply expressing an idea that came to me this morning as I laid in bed trying desperately to go back to sleep. I have no idea why my mind goes to these things, but I thank God that He has a purpose for it. Maybe by the time I am done processing my thoughts while writing it will make sense.

Here is my thought – Light is invisible – we only see its effects.

For you brilliant scientists out there, I’m sure you have a way of explaining light so that it makes sense to a person of average intelligence like me. But I have some questions.

  • Why is space dark?
  • Why in a dark room, when I shine a pinpoint-focused flashlight against the wall, do I see only the spot on the wall and the area between the light and the wall remains dark?
  • Or why can I see a spotlight shining on a person on stage but the area between the source of the light and the person remains dark?
  • Is it possible that light, in whatever form it travels, as waves or electromagnetic radiation, is invisible in its nature and only visible when absorbed or reflected by another object?

Now before we get into a study of the physics of light, let me direct our attention to a spiritual application that God is clarifying for me. Follow these simple thoughts from a simple preacher:

  • The Bible says God is Light
  • The Bible says no one can look upon God and live.
  • Therefore, pure light is invisible to the human eye.
  • We can only see light at its source and the effects of light on the objects it touches.
  • Jesus, who is God, came into the world as the Source of Light for the world, and unless we look at Him we are in darkness.
    •   John 1:4 (ESV)  In [Jesus] was life, and the life was the light of men.
    •   John 8:12 (ESV)  Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
    •   John 9:5 (ESV)  As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
    •   John 12:46 (ESV)  I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.
  • We can see the reality of Jesus by looking at the people whose lives are being influenced by His light.
  • Jesus chose us, His followers, to be the objects that have absorbed the Light so that we can become light to those around us.
    •   1 Thessalonians 5:5 (ESV)  For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness.
    •   Ephesians 5:7-14 (ESV)  7 Therefore do not become partners with them; 8 for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), 10 and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. 13 But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, 14 for anything that becomes visible is light.

The world is in grave darkness. We are the Light the world needs. Jesus said, Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16) And the Apostle Paul said that we are to be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world. (Philippians 2:15)

We are the ones God has chosen to bring clarity to what is invisible.

Pastor John

(NOTE: My apologies for the error in Tuesday’s Connecting Points as I misspelled the name of Frances Havergal and mistakenly identified her as a man.)

 

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