Joining Lisa-Jo and others this morning for Five Minute Friday, where we cut the words loose for just five minutes, and see where they fall. No editing, just encouraging the others who play along. The topic today is Light.
Ye are the light of the world--a city set on an hill cannot be hid, neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick, where it giveth light unto all that are in the house" (Mat 5:14-15)
Jesus tells us that we are the light of the world. Because we are Christ followers, because we have been given the light, we must share the light. How short sighted is it of us, when we know the truth, to remain behind our safe church doors and refuse to go out into the world to share the light with others?
Jesus also said, "I am the light of the world, whoever believes in me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have light of life." (John 8:12) He has promised to go with us as we shine our candles in the darkness. This Jesus, who gave everything he had down to the last drop of blood, has promised to be with us.
He didn't promise that being in the world would be easy, in fact he told us quite the opposite. "In this world you will have tribulation." (John 16:33) But he did promise to "never leave us nor forsake us." (Heb 13:15)
It is resurrection Sunday in just a few more days. Today is Good Friday. Today we remember Jesus' death on the cross, a brutal death he choose to save us from the darkness of our sins. It is a dark day. But Sunday, this Sunday, is Resurrection Sunday. The day our Savior conquered death and hell. The day that the Light shown brightest in the world. May that light, through our words and testimony, keep shining.
"Let your light so shine before men that they [...] may glorify your father which is in heaven." (Mat 5:16)
Edited to add verse references (I'm terrible with remembering where verses are in the Bible...)