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The True Light

May 23, 2014

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The  True Light

A person  is so much more comfortable  when they know  what is going on  around them.     If one is blindfolded  and being led around  where there are strange smells,  sounds,  and sensations,  it can be very scary.     We probably all know  some child  who is afraid  of the dark,  imagining  all sorts  of things  are going on.     None  of what he imagines  is true  —  and is actually baseless  —  but the child does not realize  the truth  and lives  in fears.     He needs  Daddy and Mommy  to turn on  a light  for reassurance.

But,  we all  actually do live  in a very  “dark”  world  of sin.     There really are all sorts  of evils  going on  around us  every day  —  murders,  robberies,  rapes,  scams,  lies,  slanders,  adulteries,  illicit sexual exploitations,  political scheming,   power grabs,  etc.,  etc.     And,  all these sins  are far beyond  our control.     We cannot prevent  the sins   that happen  throughout the world.

God’s word  describes  this sinful world  as a darkness.     It’s called a darkness  because of  its hidden evils.     Notice  that a murderer does not announce  to the world  what his dastardly deed  will be.     He keeps it secret  so he won’t be caught.     It’s like  his cover  of darkness  —  even though the murder  may be committed  in the day time.

In the picture language  used  in the Bible,  “darkness”  represents sins  —  and  “light”  represents all goodness  and truth.     We read John 1:9-13  with that understanding.

There was the true light  which,  coming into the world,  enlightens every man.     He was  in the world,  and the world  was made through Him,  and the world  did not know Him.     He came  to His own,  and those  who were His own  did not receive Him.

But  as many as received Him,  to them  He gave the right  to become  children  of God,  even to those  who believe  in His name,  who were born not  of blood,  nor of the will  of the flesh,  nor of the will  of man,  but of God.

The apostle John  is giving us  some  “light” —  some truth,  about Jesus.     Jesus is called  “the true light”.     He is the only one  who  honestly  and truthfully  “enlightens every man”.     Jesus shows us  the truth  about everything  in the world around us.     He shows us  what evil  and sin are.     He shows us  what an honest love  and goodness are.

There are all sorts  of cults,  philosophies,  and heathen religions that claim  to be  a  light”  to the world,  but they are a terrible darkness  —  and nowhere near  the actual truth  of our being  and true salvation.     None of these worldly things can prove  that they are  a true  light.     But,  thousands  of years  of prophecies  have proven  that Christ Jesus is  “the true light”.     It is only Jesus  who actually  “enlightens every man”.

Jesus is God.     So,  John says,  “the world  was made through Him”.     But,  Jesus,  in His humble human form,  did not look  like God Almighty,  so  “the world  did not know Him”.     Even today,  people do  “not receive Him”.     Just because people  are not mature  and smart enough  to recognize  Jesus  as God Almighty  does not make Him  any less  than God Almighty.

But,  if and when  we finally do  see the  “light”,  it won’t be  because  of any righteousness  on our part.     Rather,  our whole salvation  will only be  “of God”.     When we honestly  look to God,  He  “enlightens”  us  to know the truth,  and lets this truth  set us free.

Ever so glad  for God’s patient love,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for Your truths.”

Love,
Margaret

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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