The issue of light in comparison with darkness is something that Jesus spent a lot of time talking about.
A lot of us are in darkness for all kinds of reasons.
We are in darkness because we enjoy sin.
We are in darkness because we lack knowledge.
We are in darkness because we refuse to believe the truth.
22 “The lamp of the body is the eye; if therefore your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light.
23 “BUT IF YOUR EYE IS BAD, YOUR WHOLE BODY WILL BE FULL OF DARKNESS. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
A lot of us have eyes…….but we cant see.
Our eyes have been blinded by the physical elements of life which prevent us from seeing the spiritual.
The problem with this is the fact that the spiritual is so much more real than the physical.
The spiritual is so much more important than the physical.
The physical is temporary…….it has no real value.
100 years of life is a short space of time…….of what value is it if we go through it blind?
12 Again therefore Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I AM THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD; HE WHO FOLLOWS ME SHALL NOT WALK IN DARKNESS, BUT SHALL HAVE THE LIGHT OF LIFE.”
What exactly is it that makes Jesus a light?
One thing is clear…… this man is either mad…..or he is telling the truth.
The fact that he “might” be telling the truth……leaves a lot of dangerous ground if we are not willing to listen to what he has to say.
His message is strange…… that’s why they killed him.
It is a foolish man that kills something he knows nothing about.
So we need to make sure that we don’t fall under the same category…..until the words of Christ have been tried and tested.
11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.
12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
13 “YOU ARE THE SALT OF THE EARTH. BUT IF THE SALT LOSES ITS SALTINESS, HOW CAN IT BE MADE SALTY AGAIN? IT IS NO LONGER GOOD FOR ANYTHING, EXCEPT TO BE THROWN OUT AND TRAMPLED BY MEN.
14 “YOU ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.
15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.
16 In the same way, LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE BEFORE MEN, THAT THEY MAY SEE YOUR GOOD DEEDS AND PRAISE YOUR FATHER IN HEAVEN.
Look around you.
But this time do it with your eyes “open”.
If pastors were preaching the message of Christ……. They would be insulted ….. they would be persecuted…… they would be hated.
Instead pastors are exalted……honoured and glorified.
Churches are filled with hundreds of thousands of people…….
Thousands of people are deceived with all kinds of doctrines masquerading as the doctrine of Christ…….simply because they can find backing from a deceitful book called the bible.
We must make sure we are not one of them.
We must make sure that we are not blind.
We must make sure that we follow the light……instead of being content in darkness.
We need to know the truth…..
So that the truth can make us free.
To be continued…….