Friday, August 14, 2015

August 14, 2015:  Light of the World

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2015 - Day 225

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK  … Please take the time to take in a video of images from Chris Rice singing the his song Go Light Your World exhorting and encouraging those of us in Christ to take His Light into this very darkened world.

Highlight Passage:   John 9: 5 [NKJV]  …
5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” 
… And one day in glory He will be the light of ALL the world … not just the blind of this world.
Highlight Context – John 9: 1-7 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK  …  
…  Jesus opens the eyes of even the blind.

Reference Passage #1 - Luke 1: 79 [NKJV] … 
12 To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, … to guide our feet into the way of peace.” 
… The prophesy of Zacharias, after the birth of John the Baptizer, of the coming of Messiah to bring those out of darkness into the Light.

Reference Passage #2 - Luke 4: 18-19 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
…  Jesus quotes from Isaiah 61: 1-2, announcing His mission, which had been prophesied by The Prophet; … and part of that was to give sight to the blind and free the oppressed.

Reference Passage #3 - John 8: 12 [NKJV] … 
12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” 
… After having saved the adulteress and showed up the Pharisees … Jesus begins to declare His deity before men.

Reference Passage #4 - John 12: 42-46 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK    …  Jesus rebukes the Pharisees as walking in darkness and rejecting the Light of God.

  My Journal for Today:  Today’s Our Daily Bread author, Mart DeHaan, used a reference to how Einstein caused science and mankind to see the universe in a new light. Doha wrote: We remember Albert Einstein for more than his disheveled hair, big eyes, and witty charm. We know him as the genius and physicist who changed the way we see the world. His famous formula of E=mc2 revolutionized scientific thought and brought us into the nuclear age. Through his “Special Theory of Relativity” he reasoned that since everything in the universe is in motion, all knowledge is a matter of perspective. He believed that the speed of light is the only constant by which we can measure space, time, or physical mass.

 But as DeHaan teaches, … long before the so-called genius of Albert Einstein there was a simple Carpenter from Nazareth who had come into the world to give light and absolute perspective on the destiny of mankind. And this man - the God-Man, Jesus - was no “simple” carpenter. He was the prophesied One, Who had come to be, as He, Himself declared, the “Light of the World.”

 But the leaders of the world at that time, rejected His Light and held on to the darkness even trying to extinguish His light on a cross. But all that did was pass the light on to those who believe in Him as Lord and Savior, setting a blaze all who truly believe in Him a fire to shine our lights into the darkness of this world. And now it is our charge to take His light and reflect it forward, dispelling the darkness wherever we go.

 So, … today, … as Chris Rice sings in the song, linked above, let us go and shine His Light into the darkness.

My Prayer Today:  Oh, my Lord, … make me a torch for You today.    … Amen

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