Light of the World

St. Matthew Lutheran Church of Charleston, SC
   What a beautiful stained-glass window!  I took this picture while serving on tour with the Air Force over summer of 2010.  We visited Charleston Air Force Base and then a large group of chaplains took a tour of this historic church.  The light shining through the windows of this church is incredible.  The second “I am” (εγω ειμι)  statement found in the Gospel of John reminds us that we live in a dark world.  “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)  I chose this picture to illustrate the beautiful hope that is in Jesus Christ.  We all have seen plenty of images of darkness on this world.  However, none of us have seen the radiant glory of Christ.  It makes me think of the transfiguration of Christ before Peter, James, and John.  Isn’t it interesting how different these beloved disciples acted when Jesus revealed His glory?  You can find the passage in Matthew 17:1-13; Mark 9:2-13; and Luke 9: 28-36.  How do you think our behavior would change if the Lord revealed His glory to us?  I am very confident I would react in the same way as the disciples…on my face! lol  But, why should we continue to act the same today if we have the revealed Word of God to reveal His glory?
     The transfiguration is not mentioned in the Gospel of John, but in chapter 1:4-6 we read, “Life was in Him, and that life was the light of men.  That light shines in the darkness, yet the darkness did not overcome it.”  Thank God that His light shines forever.  Thank God that His light reveals the sin in my heart and the need for His love and salvation.  Thank God that His light will judge the thoughts and actions of every heart that WILL bown and confess that He is Lord.  In heaven there will be no sun, for God himself will be the light.  Let the Word of God be a lamp unto your feet and a “light” unto your path today.  There is profound illumination in understanding what Jesus is clearly telling us about Himself.  He is the Word and He is victorious over the darkness on our behalf!


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