December 11th 2009

Shine, Jesus, Shine!

“The dayspring from on high hath visited us, to give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

Luke 1:79 (KJV)

We use the term ‘to be enlightened’ when we gain knowledge and understanding.  The Bible brings us spiritual enlightenment.  Psalm 119:105 says, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” And verse 130 tells us that “The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.  God’s Word leads us out of the darkness of iniquity or evil (John 3:19-21).

Matthew 4:12-16 tells us Jesus fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah (9:2), that “The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.”  John 1:4 speaking of Jesus says, “In him was life; and the life was the light of men”, and in verse 9, “That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.”  Jesus said in John 8:12, “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”  These are some of the verses that inspired Graham Kendrick’s well-known song, Shine, Jesus, Shine, which begins, “Lord, the light of your love is shining.  In the midst of the darkness shining.  Jesus, light of the world, shine upon us

In Ephesians 5:8 it tells us, “Now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light.”  As Jesus shines on, in and through us, we too become a light to the world, as it says in Matthew 5:14-16:  “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” 

Prayer

May our good works glorify you, Father in Heaven, as Jesus shines his light on, in and through us to bring light to this dark world.

Amen

Study by Nancy Silcox 

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