Proclaiming light

sun-382744_640Acts 26:23: that the Christ must suffer and that, by being the first to rise from the dead, he would proclaim light both to our people and to the Gentiles.”

The most important thing you can know about Jesus is that he is alive. It is not just that he lived, many have lived on earth; it is not that he taught, there have been many had taught on the earth, communicating some form of knowledge. The fact that he died innocent of what he was accused of does not make him special.

He would not be the first to die based on false accusation. He is not even special because he came back to life after death. He is not the first person to do so.

But he is the one who having been raised up visibly climbed to heaven and now has an undying body. Since he went to heaven, he can lead us there, in that way he becomes our light, showing us the heavenly path.

Jesus resurrected and it is important to differentiate between resurrection and coming back to life after dying. Resurrection has to do with coming back to life with an undying body.

Paul says if Jesus did not resurrect, then we are wasting our time as Christians (1Corinthians 15:13-14). That also shows that the adherents of other religions are wasting their time.

Since the problem of man was death which was as a result of sin, anyone who claims to lead you to God and have since been dead and buried, is deceiving you. There is salvation only in the resurrected one, Jesus. There is no other name given under heaven through which we would be saved, but the name of Jesus.

There are two other people who did not die in the bible, and they were lights in their own order, but the difference between them and Jesus is because they actually never died.

What Jesus gives us is victory over death, victory beyond death. He made life to have the final say, and not death. The question is not asked mocking death: death where is your victory?

Enoch and Elijah manifested the eternal examples of walking with God and zeal for God, which are traits that we see in Jesus.

The bible said that the zeal for the house of God consumed Jesus (John 2:17) and we see that fact expressed by Elijah himself (1Kings 19:10), and like Enoch (Genesis 5:24) Jesus walked with God.

And Jesus also manifested those things in their infinite dimensions. Though Jesus had zeal for God and he walked with God, he still died, showing that what happened to both Enoch and Elijah that they did not die was part of the plan of God for them, to highlight some traits they exhibited as important to God, and so should be important to us also, which are close walk with God and zeal for God.

About Jesus, God spoke from heaven: “this is my beloved son, hear him,” even while Elijah and Moses were speaking with him (Matthew 17:1-8).

He is the best there is, greater than Elijah and Enoch, than everyone, God’s own son, birthed by the Holy Spirit, covered with the flesh of man. Being found in the form of a man, he humbled himself to the death on the cross (Philippians 2:5-11).

He died as part of God’s plan for us, for our salvation, to proclaim light to us. He went to the grave to take us from there and make a mighty army of us (Ezekiel 37:1-14).

In him, in his death, our death sentence because of sin inherited from Adam, was buried and we come out blessed with his righteousness (2Corinthians 5:21). We come out in him by faith, into new life. John wrote: in him was life and the life was the light of men (John 1:1-5).

Preachers are called to proclaim the light of Jesus and not their own self, to serve Jesus, the light. We are meant to be messengers of light.

The bible says that God makes his angels wind and his ministers flames of fire (Hebrews 1:7).  Before the disciples were sent to light up their world, Judea, Samaria and the ends of the earth, they had to be lit up by the heavenly fire, the Holy Spirit, lit with the fire from the very presence of God.

And from your fire other people are lit, from your witnessing other people becomes witnesses. From you understanding others gain understanding (Daniel 11:33, 12:3), from your light they see.

When Philip met Jesus he went to call his friend, Nathanael (John 1:43-51). He told him: come and see. He sees had seen the light, he called him the one all the law and prophets speak about, Jesus of Nazareth. He shared his understanding of Jesus and Nathanael could not but be drawn to him. Even though Nathanael had his misgivings, the words of his friend pulled him along. Like a guiding light of the conscience.

Samson caught 300 foxes and tied their tails together in twos, set their tails on fire and set them into the field of his enemies, burning everything. In a similar way Jesus sent people two by two (Judges 15:4-5). The two in your case is you and the Holy Spirit joined together intricately, via the new spirit in you.

You are let loose on the earth equipped with the Holy Spirit, or if you will, the Holy Spirit is equipped with you, to set the world alight with the glorious gospel and power of Jesus.

Your spirit is the candle as the bible says (Proverbs 20:27) and the Holy Spirit lights us up. He is the fire in us (Acts 2:3-4). Light also stands for revelation. Paul prayed that the eyes of our understanding will be enlightened, and that happened through the Spirit of understanding and wisdom (Ephesians 1:15-18).

Paul also said that what he knew about the gospel was delivered to him by revelation (Galatians 1:11-12). Revelation brings a leap of understanding, it breaks through the limit of the human capacity and understanding.

Revelation is the means through which we are lifted up mentally into the realm of God, the realm of light.

John the Baptist was told in the book of Revelation: come up hither (Revelation 4:1). Revelation is elevated sight, sight elevated to the realm of God, it is exposure to higher light.

Before then, John said: I was in the spirit on the Lord’s Day. “In the spirit” is the place of revelation. It was the light of divine revelation which caused Peter to say that Jesus is the Christ, the son of the living God (Matthew 16:15-17).

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