Living Light by Eileen Cooper
Reading this text made me instantly link back to the scripture and sermon from February 9, 2020 at Stone Village.
In Matthew 5:1-15, Jesus referred to us as the salt and light of the world. This was during his Sermon on the Mount pretty early on in his ministry. Even before that, John the Baptist, referred to Jesus as the light in John 1:7-8. It then follows along this theme that later Jesus would call himself the Light of the World. This time, however, the Pharisees didn’t want to hear this and wanted more proof or other witness.
It seems difficult to think of people seeing Jesus performing miracles, teaching, healing, walking on water, and more and still needing more proof that he is Christ. But if I am really honest with myself, I would be unlikely to believe in someone claiming to be Christ. Even if I learned of miracles, I would probably think it was the work of an illusionist. I would definitely doubt until experiencing or seeing firsthand.
We have to see or feel it for ourselves. It is our relationship; through knowing Jesus that we know God. The light of God is in Jesus. Our relationship with Jesus does not give to us but reveals the light that is already within us. We are then the witnesses that continue to be bright beacons in a world that always struggles with darkness.
How does your relationship with Jesus illuminate the light inside your life?
What are the ways that you kindle the light in others’ lives?
Dear God, Illuminate my life and open my senses to your light all around me. Shine in all of the shadowy corners of life where I may hide, doubt, or be afraid to go. Help me see others as your light. Guide me to where I can assist others to uncover their light. Amen.
John 8: 12-20
Again, Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.’ Then the Pharisees said to him, ‘You are testifying on your own behalf; your testimony is not valid.’ Jesus answered, ‘Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid because I know where I have come from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going. You judge by human standards; I judge no one. Yet even if I do judge, my judgement is valid; for it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father who sent me. In your law it is written that the testimony of two witnesses is valid. I testify on my own behalf, and the Father who sent me testifies on my behalf.’ Then they said to him, ‘Where is your Father?’ Jesus answered, ‘You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.’ He spoke these words while he was teaching in the treasury of the temple, but no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.