The Gift of Light

LifeLink Devotional

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

John 1:9 The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.
Luke 1:79 …
to give light to those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.

When God created the heavens and the earth, they existed in their raw form in darkness. God’s first creative act of transformation was to say, “Let there be light.”

After six days of God’s creativity, man lived in a perfect world as a perfect being created in the image of God. He was in constant and intimate fellowship with the Father because he was living in the light.

But one day he chose to believe that the darkness would actually give him more light. The result was not what he had hoped for. He was plunged into darkness and the shadow of death.

As his descendants, we have inherited the same darkness and death. We still often choose to believe the deception that somewhere in the darkness we will find light.

At His chosen time, God again uttered the creative words “Let there be light.” Jesus stepped out of eternity to bring salvation to the world. The Son of God stepped into the darkness and became the light of the world. In one divine person, God combined His total glory with humanity so that we could see the light of salvation and be set free from the darkness of sin and death.

For more than four thousand years the people of the world had walked in darkness. There were incredible moments of light when God revealed Himself to the people, but they were always followed by a return to the darkness. Man was capable, for the short-term, of changing his outward condition, but he could not overcome the darkness of his heart. The war of sin raged on in his soul.

But when Jesus came, the power of sin was broken when He rose from the dead and conquered death once and for all for all who will believe. When the Light of God is turned on in our hearts, there is no returning to the darkness.

Back when electricity was first being introduced in a little Scottish village, almost everybody switched from propane lanterns to electric lights as soon as they could be connected to the power. One old and miserly man lived at the end of the road, and it was quite some time before the power lines reached his house. When the day finally arrived that his power had been connected, his neighbors all came over for the joyous event. The man waited until it was extra dark, and then flipped on the switch. Light filled the room, and everyone cheered. The man went over to the table, picked up the propane lantern, and exclaimed, “This sure makes it easier to light the lamps.” As soon as he had the lantern lit, he turned off the electric switch.

Sometimes we are just like that. We miss the true light because we are hanging on to the dark ways of our past. We are still convinced that somewhere in the darkness of sin we will find enough light to satisfy us. We believe that the light of Jesus Christ is only necessary to light our path back into the darkness of our past.

But the True Light came to destroy the darkness in us and lead us on a new path. Jesus came as the light of the world so that we could live as children of light in the light of God’s glory. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. (John 1:10 – 13)

Don’t be like the miserly old man who only used the power available to him to make the old ways easier to enjoy. Live every moment of every day in the light of God’s glory. The power has been connected. It is your privilege to turn on the light and let it shine.

You have been delivered from the darkness of sin and death. Live like it.

Pastor John

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