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October - December 2011 Fall Series At Jackson Drive.
"MIRACLES OF JESUS"
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October 9, 2011
Light—everybody knows what it isand everybody uses it. There are some things about it that are hard to understand, though. From the standpoint of physics, how can it be waves and particles? How can it travel so fast? Of course these things are almost irrelevant to most of us and we are content only to know the simple fact that “light just is.”
Most people take light for granted—the sun comes up in the morning and sheds light, the switch on our lamp just needs to be flipped and light is there. There are all kinds of lights: incandescent lights, fluorescent lights, halogen lights, candles! Everywhere we look, we seem to find light. There are lights in our house, lights over the streets, stadium lights, headlights, traffic lights. Lights illuminate us, guide us, and give us directions. Even when a thoughtless driver in an oncoming car at night doesn’t dim the headlights and “blinds” us with the brightness, we still think that light is pretty good stuff. We depend on it.
“God saw that the light was good …” (Genesis 1:4)
Light is well described as “good” since it originated from that fiat of goodness, “Let there be light.” (Genesis 1:3). We enjoy it. We should be more grateful for it than we are. We should see more of God in it and by it than we do.
Solomon reminds us of how pleasant, useful, and refreshing physical light is: “The light is pleasant, and it is good for the eyes to see the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 11:7). Sunlight is beautiful, too. Have you ever seen sunlight through a prism displaying all of its glorious component colors?
There is a light that is infinitely more precious this. It is alight that reveals eternal things, and ministers to our immortal natures. It is a light that is spiritual. Jesus the Christ is the very essence of this spiritual light. As He Himself said, “I am the Light of the world” (John 8:12). Jesus is the Word made manifest to all creation (John 1) and it is the very edicts of God that direct our steps. “Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105). Spiritual light has many beams and prismatic colors, but whether they be knowledge, joy, holiness, or life, all are divinely good. What do we see by this spiritual light?
We see the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ: “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.” (Colossians 1:15). “He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power.” (Hebrews 1:3).
We see sin in its true colors: “therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken. So He drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to the tree of life.” (Genesis 3:23-24). “Cain said to the LORD, ‘My punishment is too great to bear! Behold, You have driven me this day from the face of the ground; and from Your face I will be hidden, and I will be a vagrant and a wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.’” (Genesis 4:13-14).
We see ourselves in our real position: “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
We see God’s revelation as He revealed it: “… as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit … the Gentiles are fellow heirs and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel … This was in accordance with the eternal purpose which He carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord …” (Ephesians 3:1-13).
We see that eternal plan of mercy as He propounds it: “this Man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death” (Acts 2:23). “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1Peter 1:3). “For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart, for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.” (1Peter 1:20-23).
We see the life to come for the faithful: “In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.” (John 14:2). “… and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4).
“… and God separated the lightfrom the darkness.” (Genesis 1:4)
No sooner is there a good thing in the world, than a division is necessary. Light and darkness have no fellowship (2Corinthians 6:14). God has divided them, let’s not attempt to mix them.
Sons of light must not have fellowship with deeds, doctrines, or deceits of darkness (Ephesians 5:11). The children of the day must be sober, honest, and bold in their Lord’s work, leaving the works of darkness to those who shall dwell in it for ever. Remember the statement Jesus made about His being the Light? Take notice of the rest of His thought: “he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” (John 8:12). We should by our distinct separation from the world divide the light from the darkness. Jesus disciples ought to be seen so as to bring glory to God (Matthew 5:14-16). In what ways are we to show a clear distinction between light and dark?
We are to show distinction in judgment (1Peter 1:13; 4:7). We are to show distinction in action (Romans 6:17-18). We are to show distinction in hearing (Acts 3:22). We are to show distinction in teaching (Titus 1:9; 2:1; 2Timothy 4:3). We are to show distinction in association (1Corinthians 15:33; 2Corinthians 6:14).
We must discern between the precious and the vile, and maintain the great distinction which the Lord made upon the world’s first day. “God saw that the light was good.”
—S. Scott Richardson Sr.