“So Jesus said to them, “For a little while longer the Light is among you. Walk while you have the Light, so that darkness will not overtake you; he who walks in the darkness does not know where he goes. While you have the Light, believe in the Light, so that you may become sons of Light.” These things Jesus spoke, and He went away and hid Himself from them.”
John 12:35-36 NASB
Strike the match!
When the power goes out, it is hard to go about my home. The familiarity of the environment is a great help, as I have some idea of where things are and I am able to avoid stubbing my toes or tripping. But it still has its hazards. I keep flashlights strategically located to assist me in such situations.
What helps at home, does not help when I am away. Sometimes I am in a situation that is foreign to me and when the power goes out I have no idea where to go. I feel vulnerable and very much afraid. I grab my phone flick on the flashlight, and I can at least see where I am.
Many years ago, my parents had this old bench that had the face of a gargoyle on it. When I was a little boy, I feared the bench. Once, I had ventured into the basement in the dark. I felt my way around and I eventually found the bench and sat down. I really had no idea what I was sitting on, but sat anyway. Dad turned on the lights and I turned to see the frightening face of the gargoyle. I screamed, jumped and fled up the stairs. My dad laughed. I didn’t.
The disciples are being warned of coming time when the He was going to leave them. The Light that had lit the path of their lives was about to go away. He is exhorting them believe in the Light. By believing, they become light bearer as they bring the light to others.
Centuries have gone by and still we are to bear the Light. The disciples at that moment had Jesus with them, and for a time they were buoyed by the memories of the time they had as they followed the Lord and were part of His ministry. They also had each other, as they could exhort one another and encourage. Eventually, they had the promise of the Holy Spirit, and the living testimony in letters that they shared from church to church: what we call the New Testament. Through the Holy Spirit they were given power from on high.
I sit here in my chair, a descendant of those disciples, saved by faith, having the spirit of God and guided by His completed word. In this time of darkness, or quarantine, I am keeping the light to mark my path. The times that we are in, are marked by uncertainty, as we are like one walking in a dark room with no reference point. We have not been in this situation before.
Without the light of Christ in me and the word in the bible before me, I would be stumbling about. When I apply Scripture to this and any other situation, I have the answers I need. His word truly lights my path as it says in Psalm 119:105. I have the guidance I need.
In those dark places that we face, a match can light up a room and cast away the darkness. We believers are like march sticks, casting light into darkness and providing guidance for all who will follow. It is a time when we need to focus on the Lord. This situation is unknown, and it is easy to get caught up in disputes over how best to deal with it. The reality is that God is the only way.
The world is in a dark, unfamiliar place and every move is fraught with potentially dangerous situations, that can being catastrophic consequences. Jesus is a constant when dealing with the unknown as He is before this situation was and we can trust Him.
Let’s cast light today, and abide in the God of our salvation. The more we abide, the more the Light shines, the more will follow.
God has given the Church a golden opportunity to share the Gospel. He has liberated His message of forgiveness of sins from buildings of brick, and mortar, wood and steel, and deployed it through vessels of flesh and blood. We are being pushed out of our comfort zones to go out and tell of what God has done for us.
We are in a season when we must go out and lead people to Jesus. For now, we don’t have the luxury of inviting people to church so that the pastor can lead them to Jesus. We must be about the Father’s business. The disciples were in that situation, as they were commissioned to continue on after the Lord competed His earthly ministry.
Strike the match today!