Jesus during his last pre-resurrection week was in Jerusalem… the prophetic triumphal entry had occurred… and He is about to institute the Lord’s Supper- communion, prior to being arrested and crucified.
But with all this going on, He continues to be The Rabbi- The Teacher… and we read in John 12: 45-46 He taught ” He who sees Me sees the One who sent me. I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness.”
The light that was shining in darkness was Father God’s love for humanity being reflected by Jesus into this sinful, dark world.
And in much the same way, Christians are told to be lights in this world… as our Teacher and Savior said in Matthew 5:14-16… “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. That is our calling as Christians- to be reflectors of Christs love for the world to the glory of Father God in heaven.
It is very much the same as the moon reflecting the sun’s light to the earth at night… that is how we are to be in this world.
But, we don’t always see the moon… sometimes there is no moon… sometimes just a sliver, other times a half-moon… why is that? It all depends upon how much of the earth- the world… is blocking the sun.
Light in the bible refers to holiness or purity (1 John 1:5) and darkness refers to sin or wrongdoing (1 Thessalonians 5:4-7). And the world is a synonym for sin.
It is the same way with Christians… the reflection… the light… that we shine for Jesus in this world depends upon how much of the world… with all its rebellious pride… is blocking out the Son in our lives.
We can not reflect the love of Jesus to the glory of God… if the world is in the way- it just is not possible.
So my question today Christian… how is your reflection? If it is not as bright as you like or would want… then die to the world and live in complete alignment with the Lord! And we do that through confession, repentance and surrender.
I myself, do not want to just be a falling star for Jesus… I want to burn like a supernova until the Lord calls me home! Hope you do too:-).