You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Jesus is light wrapped in human skin. The One who created humans becamewhat He created to save and preservewho He created—us.
He came to illuminate and reveal clearly who God is. The darkness that entered the world through sin was now going to be extinguished by Jesus, who came to be the Light of the world. Sin wrecked, deformed, decayed and degraded the image of God in humanity. We were made to be fully alive, but who we are was lost in the darkness. Jesus turned up not as just God—but fully man and fully God. He did not look upon us with condemnation and judgment but with mercy and grace. The light had been lost in our humanity but the One who gave us the Light of His image in the first place came to restore the Light.
Jesus did all this by becoming human. God wrapped Himself in human skin—the Light, the Word of God now clothed in flesh. Wherever He walked, wherever He went, He was Light, and humans began to see again by His light. The parables were a way for Him to illuminate who He was and who we are. He told stories that brought light so that the eyes of human hearts could see again who their God was. He was not a far-off God. He was not a God who did not care. But rather He showed He was a God who loved us so much that He would give us His only Son—His word, His very light—so that by this light all men would see God and receive the light as their life.
In Him was life and this life was the light of men. And it is His Holy Spirit, which is His life that we have been searching for. We look for light in darkness, and we find more darkness. We look for light in the artificial light of man, but when this light runs out of power we find ourselves again in darkness. But Jesus came to give us life and life in abundance. He did this by illuminating who God is. For when we see Him we discover who we are. We cannot know who we are without knowing our Creator, and we cannot know our Creator unless we see Him by the light that is Jesus Christ.
So we walk through the pages of scripture no longer in the dark, for we have the light of Christ with us to illuminate what we are reading and learning. We engage with each other as fellow humans, no longer in the dark trying to gain identity from someone else who is also in darkness, but rather relating in the light. We live our lives in the city, no longer needing to live by confusion stress, and anxiety, for the light of Christ—as revealed in our peace—does not live in perfect circumstances but in the unchanging character of God. We are no longer humans driven and motivated by self, for in the light of Christ we see the majesty, glory and beauty of God. When we behold Him by the light of Christ, we see our purpose is to live for His glory not our own.
Over 92 days we have allowed the words of Jesus to illuminate who He is. His parables have opened our eyes to see through the darkness of self-built empires—empires built upon the sand, like hills of pride. His words have shone light upon the condition of our human hearts, so we can see what kind of soil His seed or word is being planted in. We have learned that we are the lost sheep, the lost coin, the lost son, but we have a Shepherd, a God who doesn't stop looking for us, and a Father who always has open arms to receive us with grace and love.
In the light of Christ it has been revealed that we no longer need to bury our grace but rather invest and live by His grace in every situation, set free from a life of earning salvation. We now can live in radical forgiveness of others, for in the light of Christ we have seen what we ourselves have been forgiven of. Jesus the Light has shown us that He has prepared a place for each of us at His wedding feast, and there is a seat reserved for us so that, humans here and now, we can take the lower seat, no longer striving for the best seat of power on this earth. Through the lamp of His word we have found that Jesus is the great treasure in the field, the pearl of great price, the yeast that seems insignificant yet changes the whole lump of dough. He is the mustard seed that becomes that largest of plants in the garden.
Jesus the Light illuminated the power of prayer again in our lives, showing us that we don't need to be afraid of persisting or asking, for we have a Father who wants to give us good things—so much so that He wants to give us Himself! His design for prayer is that we get Him! Jesus the Light pushed back the clouds of darkness that have encroached upon our prayer life through doubt and fear. This light shone in our hearts so that we no longer need to destroy current blessings through coveting more of this world. His light pushed back the darkness of greed so we are humans fully alive, to be generous in every occasion.
Jesus showed us through the light of His parables the importance of building our lives on the rock of His truth, not just by hearing but by obeying His word. Jesus revealed by His light that we worth preserving, that He came to earth to be salt, to preserve the image of God in humanity by a new preserving covenant, a covenant that is unchanging because it is sealed with the perfect human, sinless life and the divine blood of Jesus Christ. Jesus helped us see clearly that nothing can now separate us from His love. The Light of God hung on a cross, nailing all darkness into His light. Light died at the hands of darkness so that darkness would die in the light of His love. “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:5).
“The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness; the darkness couldn’t put it out” (John 1:5, Message version).
Darkness could not kill light. The Light of all creation looked like it was extinguished, hidden and defeated—when in fact the breaking of this Light, wrapped in human flesh, was the moment where light was released into all of human flesh. Light did not stay in the darkness of death but was raised to life so that all humans can now receive His light. Now this Light brings us back to life.
“But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:12-13).
In Christ we are now Humans, fully alive.
It's just the beginning.
// Pastor Josh Kelsey