Christ: The Light of the WorldBro. David Chancellor
7/24/2011 11:00 AM
But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of hosts.
The people of Israel were in a sad state of disobedience to God. Destruction was prophesied to those who would not trust God. These words are prophesying of Christ.
In God, we can live and do right. The wicked is as nothing when compared to righteousness. Without God, we are nothing and can accomplish nothing.
And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ. And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him.
This tells of Jesus being taken to the temple after his birth and Simeon’s words: “Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.” Jesus came for both Jews and Gentiles. As he walked on earth, he directed his efforts toward Israel, but he came for both. The prophets had looked forward to that day.
And now, saith the Lord that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the Lord, and my God shall be my strength. And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.
Jesus was sent to Israel. This prophesied that he would be a light to the world even if Israel rejected him. He is salvation for everyone. He intended this gospel to go everywhere.
Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law. Thus saith God the Lord, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein: I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house. I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images. Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.
God was pleased with Jesus. Jesus came to do the will of God, and point people to God. He still draws people to God. This is how God wants us to be. Turn to God with all your heart.
“I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.” People can settle for other things, but Jesus came to be a light to the world.
Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.
“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.” Jesus is the light. He came and brought the light to be in the hearts of men. He would have his light to shine in us. The world should be attracted to the light of God shining out in us. Light is not about knowledge, but it is about having the Spirit, power and glory of God. It causes you to be able to walk and live and honor God. Our lives should draw others to God.
The light of God is found in Jesus and his Spirit and it is more than what we know. It’s not about us. It is about God and his greatness and goodness.
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Jesus was the light that would shine in them to draw the whole world to God. God wants his salvation to reach to all mankind. God’s light shines out when we live out what God has put in us. Knowledge alone is not light. Let God’s light shine in you.