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Friday, April 5, 2019

Matthew 5:14, 16

You are the light of the world...Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:14, 16

It is simply staggering to hear Jesus say these words. This is He who said in John 8:12, "I am the light of the world." It is not difficult to understand how the One who created light itself would declare that He is the light of the world. It is He who created lights in the sky to declare His glory, from the orange and purple hues in the clouds of a sunrise to the prism of light in a rainbow—it is all an amazing display of His beauty and His majesty. But Jesus said, "You are the light of the world." We are certainly not glorious and amazing to see. So just what did Jesus mean by these words?

There is a hint to an answer in Jesus' words in John 9:5: "As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." While Jesus was in this world, He was the light. But now that He is gone, we are the light. Paul said in 2 Corinthians 3:18, "But we all with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord." By the Spirit's work, we are being transformed so that we are now the light of the world.

Therefore, we have the humbling responsibility of living our lives in such a way as to make Jesus look glorious, not ourselves. Having no light of ourselves, we are called to live lives that reflect His light and His glory to everyone around us.

Tom Day



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