The Gift of Light

Oct 4, 2020    Ron Barnard
Even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.
Psalms 139:12 ESV

Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” John 8:12 NLT

In him was life, and the life was the light of men. John 1:4

This little light of mine...

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16 ESV

We are given and called to carry a different kind of light.

You have to Know the light to show the light.

You can know light exist and still stumble in the dark.

As to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless. But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Philippians 3:6-7 ESV

Zeal without knowledge is like fire without light. - Thomas Fuller

No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light. Luke 8:16 ESV

In a futile attempt to erase our past, we deprive the community of our healing gift. If we conceal our wounds out of fear and shame, our inner darkness can neither be illuminated nor become a light for others. - Brennan Manning, Abba's Child

To hide the light is to hoard the light, and ultimately to choose darkness instead of light.

Even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.
Psalms 139:12 ESV

The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. John 1:5 NASB

Light is to darkness what love is to fear; in the presence of one the other disappears. - Sir Francis Bacon

Very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back—it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. Mark 16:2-6 ESV