A Great Light

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.” – Isaiah 9:2

So it’s the middle of the night and I have to use the restroom. It’s pitch black but it’s only a few feet away. I should be able to get there and return back to bed without trouble, right? Well, the first thing you need to know is my wife is a shoe collector and they don’t always stay on the rack. There also might be a hard drive or two laying on the floor that I neglected to pick up. And here’s the big one- we bought the bed the woman at the store urged us not to buy- the one with a pointy metal frame at the foot of the bed; the one she warned us we’d run into. Oh, and did I mention the bag of rocks that my wife’s been painting? Yeah, the one sitting in the middle of the floor?

Walking in darkness isn’t the best idea. Even a little night light is better than nothing, but when the bible talks about Jesus it refers to Him in Isaiah as “a great light” and in the New Testament as “the light of the world”.

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 8:12

When it comes to light and finding your way the brighter the light the better it is. I love the fact that Jesus is a GREAT light, a really, really bright big light. He’s the kind of light that is able to illuminate even “deep darkness” and make it be like a sunny day! So we’ve got “a great light” a really big bright one in Jesus and you know what that means? It exposes what’s laying around the room of our hearts. Not just the obvious things like shoes laying around the floor, but little things like earrings embedded in the carpet that are just waiting for me to step on them! Did I say this light is BRIGHT? Really, really bright? It exposes the dirt while also showing a clear path to walk.

Finally, the light of Jesus is not like the cold light of an examination room in a doctor’s office. Yes, it is a revealing light that shows us our defects, but even more than that, it is a WARMING light. His light is not just a penetrating stark light that exposes darkness, the light of Jesus has warming properties like the sun. He is “the light of the world”- the kind of light you like to get out and bask in, the kind of light that feels good and is renewing!