Numbers 8:2: “Speak to Aaron and say to him, When you set up the lamps, the seven lamps shall give light in front of the lampstand.”
Of Jesus it was said: in Him was light and the light was the light of men (John 1:1-18). He said of himself: I am the light of the world (John 9:5). That means prior to His coming, the prevailing condition was spiritual darkness, which stands for lack of right understanding of God and his ways.
Matthew wrote that Jesus fulfilled a prophecy of being the great light in a time of darkness (Matthew 4:13-16). Jesus is the great light. He was bold to declare that those who don’t receive Him remain in darkness, but to embrace him is to walk in the light of life.
He is the source of true spiritual light. When He was raised up, the bible says that he ascended far above principalities and power (Ephesians 4:9-10). To tell you the kind of dimension He now operates, as the ultimate light, the bible says that at the name of Jesus every knee must bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord (Philippians 2:5-11). In His light, every other kind of “light” is darkness, is counterfeit. He is the ultimate source of enlightenment. Another word for light is wisdom. He is the ultimate source of wisdom (Colossians 2:3).
Not only is Jesus Christ the light of the world, but those of us who are his disciples get to be lights in this world also, bearers of the light of Jesus (Philippians 2:15). You are the light of the world not on your own account but on the account of Jesus. If not from Jesus, whatever light you think you have is darkness. Therefore only Christians, believers in the name of Jesus, are true light bearers.
It’s time for you to take up your mandate as the light of the world; come forth and take your place. Jesus, the ultimate light is no longer on the earth. The devil could not stand him, so he had him killed. But he lit 12 apostles before he left, and the church began increase in number and through persecution the devil wanted to kill their lights.
The devil will want nothing more than cause you not to shine your light. If he has not prevented you from receiving the light of Jesus into your heart, he wants to prevent you from shining. If he can’t prevent you from shining it, he wants to prevent you from shining it fully.
Because he is darkness, he has a vested interest in you not shining your light. He doesn’t want you disturbing his dark empire, with the light of the gospel.
Paul said that God, who commanded light to come out of darkness, has shined the light of the knowledge of his Son in our heart (2Corinthians 4:6). He talked about making plans to travel for a ministry engagement, to shine that light, but he said that Satan hindered him. He revealed that we do not wrestle against flesh and blood but with principalities, powers and spiritual wickedness in high place (Ephesians 6:10-12).
Jude said that we should contend for the faith that was once delivered to the saints (Jude 1:3). Satan is not going to roll over and die because your light is shining, he will try to hinder you from shining.
When Moses, the deliverer was to be born in the book of Exodus, the devil went into overdrive and moved Pharaoh to order the destruction of the male children born around the same time he was born (Exodus 1:8-2:10). But Moses was supernaturally preserved with the cooperation of his mother.
The devil knows that he could not prevent the birth of Moses (standing for the fact that you have experienced the new birth) but he wanted to prevent him from shining the light he bears for the deliverance of the children of Israel (the devil wants to prevent you from shining your light to deliver those in darkness). He wants him dead before he can be useful as a deliverer.
Also when Jesus was born, the devil spurred Herod to ensure the killing of those who were born around the same time, in the same area, as Him (Matthew 2:16-18), just like it happened with Moses.
Jesus brought the light of deliverance to humanity to remove us from the darkness that the devil conveniently led us into through deception in the Garden of Eden. Darkness and deception are synonymous.
Jesus our deliverer is the quintessential Light. John wrote that he is the Word, he light, life, the truth (John 14:6), the shepherd, the door. He is all in all. In him all things consist (Colossians 1:17), all things find their true purpose. There was nothing made that was made that he did not make.
Light has to do with understanding; understanding means you have light. The bible says that the entrance of the word of God gives light and understanding to the simple (Psalm 119:130). Jesus called the Pharisees blind leaders of the blind and that both of them will fall into the pit (Matthew 15:14). To lack understanding is to walk in darkness. The level of understanding we have is the level of light that we bear and shine.
Light is associated with the word of God, the word of truth. The psalmist wrote: your word is a light unto my path and a lamp to my path (Psalm 119:105). When we read the bible, what we seek is understanding; what we seek is light. Jesus, the Word, calls himself the light. That is instructive.
To experience light, we cannot neglect fellowship with Jesus, since there is no light apart from Him. In the book of Revelation, we were told that Jesus stood at the door and knocked that if anyone hears his words, and open to him, he will come in and fellowship with him (Revelation 3:20). In him is light and there is no darkness at all (1John 1:5). In his light, we see light (Psalm 36:9).
As light you are meant to be light to others. With our fire we should lit them, make it possible for them to also shine. Paul wrote to the Roman church that he wants to come to the so that he may impact to them some spiritual gift (Romans 1:11); in other words, to make their light shine brighter; he wrote to Philemon that it is important that he understands all the potentials that he has in Christ so that his light can shine more brightly (Philemon 1:5-7).
He called himself helpers of the people’s joy (2Corinthians 1:24). A man shining with the light of God is lit up with joy. In the tabernacle of God, there are two levels of light experienced. In the outer court, there is natural light. This is the light from the sun. So when it is night, the place is in darkness. That light only takes you so far.
There is also the light in the holy place supplied by a lamp-stand with 7 branches. The light is fueled by specially prepared oil, a symbol of the Holy Spirit (Hebrews 9:1-6).
The outer court stands for the place of the flesh (standing for the natural man); it is walking in the flesh walking by the natural senses, moving along with the logic of mere men; it is the place of worldly wisdom, taught in classes or acquired by social interactions.
But the next level, the light is generated by the Holy Spirit, is acquired by spiritual interaction with Him. The oil of the Holy Spirit provides inner light for us. He is a seven-pronged: The spirit of wisdom, counsel, might, knowledge, fear of the lord, understanding, and the Spirit of the Lord (Isaiah 11:1-5).
Before Jesus moved across the earth in his ministerial mandate, he was lit by the Holy Spirit; otherwise he could not confront the darkness in the world. He could not be a great light. He could not go about doing good, healing those who were oppressed by the devil (Acts 10:38). He could not live supernaturally, representing God on earth.
- Shine Brightly (stevesbiblemeditations.com)
- Jesus The Light (christianmotivations.weebly.com)
- Changing yourself to bring the change in others (lifewithjesus101.wordpress.com)
- Milk & Meat with a dose of Light (kswptim.wordpress.com)
- Shine Brightly – Matthew 5:14-16, Part 2 (stevesbiblemeditations.com)
- S&S Call Encounter Notes: On SEEING T H I N G S (spiritandserendipity.com)
- State of the heart (faithfuldailyread.wordpress.com)
- Not Ashamed: Light of the World (thetheologizer.wordpress.com)
- Salt, Light, and Good Works (jyoderblog.wordpress.com)
- All That He Is (thebeggardanced.com)