This Sunday, we launched our series leading up to Christmas and the theme was the fact that Jesus is the “Light of the World”. This week in our devotions we are going to be looking at Moses and Isaiah from the Old Testament and Simeon and Anna from the New Testament and explore how they looked forward to the light and looked from the coming of the light.
Think about Light and Darkness. Light always has a source. Darkness is just the absence of light. I used to love working on night duty in summer as a Police Officer –watching the sun go down and the city go to sleep and then watching the sun come up and the city wake up. Are you amazed how the sun rises every morning and sets every evening?
Here are some facts about our sun:
The sun is only one of million and millions of stars in the galaxy.
The sun is bigger than really can be imagined, over 1 million times bigger than the earth.
Like all stars, the sun is composed of a great burning ball of gases. It is made of 92.1% Hydrogen and 7.8% Helium.
The centre of the sun is its core, which produces all the suns energy.
It takes 170,000 years for the suns energy to move from the core to what is called the photosphere of the sun. It is at this point that radiation is released as sunlight that takes eight minutes to get to earth.
The Sun gives life to the Earthand the Earth would have no life at all without the energy it receives from the Sun.
Jesus is often described in the scriptures as the “Light of the World”.
Jesus said in John 8 v 12, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Without Jesus we can have no spiritual life. If we follow Him who is the source of life we will have the light of life.
Andrei Bitov, a Russian novelist, grew up under an atheist Communist regime. But God got his attention one dreary day.
He recalls, “In my twenty seventh year, while riding the Metro in Leningrad I was overcome with a despair so great that life seemed to stop at once, preempting the future entirely, let alone any meaning. Suddenly, all by itself, a phrase appeared: “Without God life makes no sense”. Repeating it in astonishment, I rode the phrase up like a moving staircase, got out the Metro and walked into God’s light”
Are you walking in God’s light?
Tomorrow we will look at Moses and see how he met with that light through a burning bush.