Light of the Gospel
A young boy was running across his front yard in the darkness of the night. He thought he had a good working knowledge of the landscape; therefore, he ran without fear. Suddenly, a bolt of lightning flashed across the sky revealing a tractor tire once concealed by the darkness. The young boy was running directing into its path. Because of the light, he changed course and calamity was avoided.
We understand the physical importance of light. After all, we spend a good amount of money on flashlights and on insuring that our car’s headlights are functioning properly so that calamity can be avoided. Without the rays from the sun, plants and crops will not grow. We need physical light.
Likewise, we need to acknowledge the great necessity of our spiritual light.
The apostle Paul wrote, “For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ,” (2 Corinthians 4:6).
When we examine the gospel light, we quickly discern that it reveals two key points necessary for avoiding eternal calamity.
The Gospel Light Reveals Sin. Every year we spend a week in the summer at camp. One of the recommended items to bring along is a flashlight. Every night we go on a hike around the camp. The flashlight is essential because you never know what might be lurking in the dark. Spider, scorpions and even snakes have been known to cross our path. Therefore, the light is certainly needed.
Spiritually speaking, how else could we possibly identify sin? If it were not for the word of God, we would be guessing at best.
Paul put it this way, “…I would not have known sin except through the law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, ‘You shall not covet,’” (Romans 7:7).
Like a snake in your pathway at night, sin is nothing you want to step on! It is the light of the gospel that identifies the dangers of sin.
Isaiah said, “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear,” (Isaiah 59:2).
Jesus stated, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin,” (John 8:34).
The Gospel Light Reveals our Savior. Early in the morning Jesus was in the temple teaching the people. The Pharisees used this time to test Him. They brought before Him a woman who had been caught in the very act of adultery. They said that the Law of Moses taught that she should be taken out and stoned.
Then, they asked Jesus, “But what do You say?”
Jesus responded, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first,” (John 8:7).
Of course none of her accusers fit that qualification. Therefore, they all left the temple. The woman was still in His presence. Jesus told her to go and sin no more.
Then, He stated, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness but have the light of life,” (John 8:12).
Jesus came into this world, not to condemn it, but to save (John 3:17). Jesus did for us what no one else could. He gave His life as a sacrifice for our sins before God (1 Corinthians 15:1-4).
The apostle Peter stated, “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved,” (Acts 4:12).
We would never think about going on a night hike without our flashlight. Equally, we would not drive our car at night without the headlights functioning as they were designed to. Likewise, we dare not take a step toward eternity apart from the light of the gospel that shines our way!
God bless each of you.