Jonathan's Perspective  

Aug 30

Light and Life

There is a powerful connection between light and life.  The sun is the battery of our world.  It gives it warmth and energy to produce and sustain all life on the planet.  Without the sun, we would not exist.  Perhaps that is why light has always been a powerful metaphor for life, warmth, goodness, and truth.  Just as we need the sun for our physical life, we need the Son for our spiritual lives.  The Gospel of John is full of light imagery concerning Jesus which give us insights to our need and dependence upon Him.

John opens his good news proclaiming, 'In Him [the Word] was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.' (Jn 1:4) Many people are living, but few have 'Life' and the light of Christ.  Many people walk around going to work, living with their families, going about their lives in quiet desperation.  Everybody is dealing with some sort of brokenness, sorry, guilt, or regret.  Only those who are plugged into the life of Christ, can experience the healing, renewed joy, forgiveness of sins, and hope for the future that come from a relationship with Jesus.  Most people are living in a partial to full eclipse, and are missing out on the light that gives warm, rich, and meaningful life.

Jesus, speaking to the Jewish authorities who were wondering where he got his authority, said, 'I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.' (Jn 8:12) Jesus' 'I AM...' statement which identified himself with God, the source of life, was repugnant to the leaders.  However, what hope and joy it brings to those who will accept it!  When my light goes out in my house I invariably do two things 1) walk into the corner of the table and get a huge bruise on my thigh, and 2) step on my innocent dog who is lying in my path.  That is what it is like when we don't live by the light of Jesus.  We hurt ourselves and the people around us.  We don't mean to; it just happens.  But when we allow Jesus to shine His light upon our path, we can clearly see the way to go.  Instead of getting bruises, we get blessings.  Instead of hurting others, we help them heal. 

Pray with me:  Lord, I need your light to shine in my life and upon my path.  I invite you to live in and through me by your Holy Spirit.  Show me the way to create healthier, stronger relationships.  Thank you that, as I lift up my life to you; you will give me a better life in return.  Amen.

Blessed to be a blessing,

Jonathan

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