Light of the World by Pastor Bob Miller

Today’s Scripture Reading

Matthew 5: 14-16

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Today’s Devotional Reading
Absolutely incredible.  Just think about it for a moment if you will.  In John’s Gospel we hear Jesus saying that He is the light of the world and in Matthew’s Gospel He says that we, you and I , are the light of the world.  This is not two different teachings but one in the same for those who follow Jesus as his disciples. For he goes on to say in John that “whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

In the sermon on the mount Jesus is teaching His followers and there again He tells us that we are the light of the world. He goes on to say that  we are “to let our light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.“  One in the same: Christ is the light of the world and because He lives in us we are the light of the world.

Friends, there is darkness all around us.  There is darkness when someone is cold and hungry, naked and sick, in prison or down and out.  There is darkness when someone is sick and suffering and the darkness of pain and loneliness when death has taken a loved one from us.  You don’t have too look far to find darkness.

Last night I was outside with my dogs and I was so amazed by just how bright the night was.  I looked up and there was this big beautiful full moon.  It was light shining in the darkness.  If you have ever been to our home at night you know just how dark it is when the moon is not bight and the stars aren’t out.  Yet when the moon is bright and the stars are out it is an entirely different matter.  That is how the world is when it comes to Jesus and those who follow him.  Our light changes everything.  Let your light shine in the darkness.

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