Sunday, September 10, 2017
World Versus Word
UV 2770/10000 World Versus Word
For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.
Isaiah 60 v 2
Today, darkness has covered the whole earth, all nations and all people of all races, classes, regions, groups, cultures. Yes, gross darkness has blinded the hearts of people with greed, lust, pride, folly, vices, perversions, faithlessness, hopelessness. The very things that they see with their eyes blinds them. The very light of the sun blinds many. The light of the sun can only be seen or felt. But the light of Jesus cannot be seen but can be felt, heard, tasted, experienced. The glory or greatness of the Lord has fallen upon those who have placed their trust in Jesus. We experience His redeeming influence and we then become a redeeming influence in the world among all nations, people, cultures, classes, groups. Darkness cannot combat the light. In a contest between the world and the Word, the Word shall overcome, shall win, shall prevail. As we saturate ourselves with the Word, we are filled with the light of the glory of the Lord. We shall overcome the darkness, even the gross darkness of this world. Whenever and wherever we see darkness in ourselves, our homes, our families, our children, our neighbours, our workplace, our colleagues, our cities, our states, our nations, our regions, our world, like the Lord God we can command the light to shine forth in that darkness, knowledge and wisdom to emerge out of ignorance, healing to emerge out of sickness and disease, strength to emerge out of weakness.
The glory of God was revealed in the fullness of grace and truth in Jesus. The glory of God is now visible in the Word. We are to see the glorious image of Jesus in the mirror of the Word in contrast to the gross darkness of hatred, ignorance, folly, violence, exploitation that covers all the earth and all people. We need to see the knowledge of God in the face of Jesus. We need to experience the power of Jesus in His name. As we see the image of Jesus in the mirror of the Word, we will begin to reflect His incandescent, unfading, indwelling Shekinah glory or greatness in and through our lives and our message to darkened minds, blinded hearts and dark world. We should be sure to remove the veils of disobedience, lack of reverence, fears, doubts, lusts, pride that keep us from seeing the Light and absorbing its rays. We need to comprehend and grasp the many dimensions of the infinite light or the love of Jesus.
We are called to absorb as much of the light of Jesus in us every day and then reflect it or shine forth with that light like solar panels absorb and convert solar energy into electricity. Jesus is the inexhaustible source of power. We cannot remain ordinary, listless, hopeless, frustrated in His presence. We have to shine forth with His greatness even as Moses’ interface with Jehovah made his face shine before all Israel. People who belong to the darkness and do not want to be redeemed will veil their faces and cover their ears and minds that they do not see the goodness and greatness of the Lord in us.
Prateep V Philip