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Seeing things through different eyes
10th December 2017
Those who understand the real reason why we celebrate Christmas will already be familiar with the bible verses that describe the coming of JESUS, the SAVIOUR, The MESSIAH.
Our thought this week relates to one of these earliest bible verses, written 2700years ago, by the prophet Isaiah
“The people who walk in darkness will see a great light.
For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine” (Isaiah 9:2)
This “great light” is absolutely, totally, unequivocally, unique. Apostle Paul writing perhaps 750 years later than Isaiah spoke of it as “unapproachable light” in most translations and in the NLT says “HE lives in light so brilliant that no human can approach HIM”. (1 Timothy 6:16)
It is the light of God that casts no shadows. It was there before the creation of the world. It totally illuminates everything, brighter than the sun or any other star.
This was the light Isaiah spoke of even though he was not part of our scientific generation he just knew in the deepest part of his spirit of understanding and prophecy that it was an unusual light - a “great light”.
Could it be that this was the light that terrified the shepherds that night 2000 years as they watched over their flocks outside of Bethlehem? No. But this was a unique event. They saw a bright light that was so focussed that there is no record of anyone else having seen it. A glimpse of glory, but not the ”great light”.
Could it be that this was the light that caused the Kings from afar, from the orient as carol says? No. It was unique, bright, calculable, but not the “great light”
OUR Mighty GOD confounds the wise and knowledgeable with HIS use of fire, water and light.
The predictable, measureable, intensity of fire, water and light are off the human scale and worthless when GOD intervenes.
The bush that Moses saw, burning but not destroying, (Exodus 3:2)
The fiery furnace of execution in Daniel’s day. (Daniel 3:1-3)
Our LORD JESUS, baptised under the water in Jordan. (Matthew 3:13-17)
This same LORD JESUS walking across the top of the water. (Matthew 14: 22-33)
All things we cannot do.
So, back to the “great light”. The shepherds rejoiced with exceeding “get joy” when they saw the baby JESUS laying in the manger. They knew, in the deepest part of their beings, just like Isaiah 700 years previous, that this was the ONE sent by GOD to be the “great light” to the nations.
The kings too, at great expense and time, risk of their lives, knelt done before the child JESUS - they knew as well.
Thirty or so years later JESUS declared Himself to be the “Light of the world - the great light”. He had just shone the ”great light” on an ugly crowd of men holding stones to execute the woman caught in adultery. They were speechless and went away! (John 8:1-11)
It was this light that blinded Saul on the road to Damascus not long after Jesus had ascended into heaven? It was JESUS!! (Acts 9:1-19)
It was JESUS, this “great light” that formed the worlds (John 1:3)
It is JESUS. this “great light”, that penetrates our hearts and lives if we allow HIM access. HE exposes the dark and hidden places to set US free without even judging US.
Illuminated houses, shops, streets, towns and cities? Pretty when tasteful, tacky when overdone. Well, I suppose we can say that they have the right word light, but it is most definitely NOT the “great light!”
LED or LORD?
Light emitting diode or “LIGHT of the WORLD”?
You choose, I have.
Choose the right way and you too can become a ‘light to the world’. (Matthew 5:14-16)