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9.06.2009

la Luz

I just came back from a morning walk. I wanted to get away from the blaring, obnoxious angst of la television and hear myself think. I did.

Thoughts of God came to mind; the car to the left definitely helped. a verse about Jesus as light came to mind. "Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light..." (John 12:35). I realised how unbelievable it is to have union with the light of the world. In the above verse Jesus speaks both of himself and the times we live in. During the time this quote was transcribed, he'd leave them shortly; just as, in this present age, we don't know how long we have the chance to respond to His love for us. 

But, more so, the reality that we walk with THE light of the world hit me (john 1:4-5, 9). Just to think that the being who created the cosmos is the same God who calls man "his beloved" (deut. 33:12, psalms 127:2). Jesus speaks about his relationship with the believer, "I am his and he is mine (song of songs 2:16)." How can this be possible?

I've been looking up verses with the word 'light' in them, and have found three strains: the word used to depict Jesus (john 3:19) , the actions of some of his people, and as an entity unto itself. I expected the first two uses, but the last made me delve. That led to two trains of thought, when light is used as an entity; 1) either its actually an allegory speaking of Christ that I simply don't see or 2) God has created forces of influence outside of himself that are utilised by the Holy Spirit, and obey God ordained commands and statutes. (disclaimer for the watchdogs: I am not adding to scripture, nor am I placing my whimsical thought alongside established doctrine. 'nuff said. Don't smile too long). Peep this verse, "For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ" (2 Cor. 4:6. Deep water, eh?). The act of God telling "the light to shine" is almost a strategy statement for light. If that's true, I believe this is it's vision statement,  "That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world" (John 1:9).

Ironically, the earth and planets revolve around the sun, which is our source of energy and shines it's LIGHT on us. The act of photosynthesis turns energy into into food, which brings nourishment . Without the SON we found ourselves spiritually inept and malnourished. We cannot live off the bread of this world. 

My grandmother used to always say, "stand up to be seen, speak up to be heard, and sit down to be appreciated." I'm going to sit down, but before I do; I believe this concept of light, as it pertains to scripture and science, is a ripe fruit just waiting to be picked. How can we make sense of this in our lives?

Beholding Jesus as the light of the world will do two things to us:

1) Drastically affect the way we approach God.

His loveliness woos us to behold him as the beautiful, lovesick God. He's not shining to appeal to himself. He's beckoning passionate worshipers who abandon self and seek his beauty. 
If when we pray, we recall that his light "gives light to every man coming into the world," we'd quake with a holy trembling and awe at the lovesick Messiah, who pursues us into fellowship.

2) Revolutionize the way we minister.

Remember what Jesus said about his cousin John. Yes, the Baptist, yes, the forerunner, yes, the light. 
He was a burning and shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light. But I have a greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me.   John 5:35-36
Wow-- "he was a burning and shining light." That's what I'm going for. We live this life in God, not to straddle the line of half oppressed, half mediocre; we live for victory
What would happen to your life if you asked God to establish you as a "burning and shining light?" Also, before I sit, y'all know about that 'greater works than these' paradigm, right? Before our Christ left earth he said, "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do" (John 14:12a). DID THE SON OF MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE, SO THAT WE CAN DO GREATER MIRACLES, MOVE IN GREATER RELATIONSHIPS AND EXPERIENCE GREATER ANOINTING THAT HE? Let's find out. Live like he did. 

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Other tight verses on light: Christ as the light. John 3:19, John 12:35, John 1:9
Light as an application/entity. 1 Cor. 4:5, 2 Cor. 4:4, 2 Tim. 1:10
His people as lights. Matt. 5:14, Luke 12:35, John 5:35, Ephesians 5:8, 14

much love--

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