Light in the Darkness

Feast of Tabernacles 2011

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Sun, 10/30/2011
Light in the Darkness

“For this is what the Lord has commanded us: I have made you a light for the Gentiles,
that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.” Acts 13:47

Light is a remarkable thing. The Bible has much to say about light and darkness. God is light and within Him there is no darkness (1 John 1:5). God shines His light into our hearts and brings into clear sight the darkness of our sins (2 Corinthians 4:6). The Bible tells us that we should live as Children of the light ( Ephesians 5:8),  having nothing to do with dark deeds.  We as believers in Jesus are then called to shine our lights of His salvation into this dark world (Matthew 5:16).  As the days get darker, now is the time more than ever when we should understand this important topic of light.

The Feast of Tabernacles Conference theme for this year is “Israel a Light to the Nations”, taken from Isaiah 49:6. When looking at the topic of light in order to be effective in our days, it is important to consider the people of Israel whom the Bible says were a light to the Nations.  You may be asking how were the Jewish people a light to the Nations as only God can bring true light through Salvation? The answer lies in the purpose and role of Israel going back to Abraham. When God called Abraham, He told Abraham that he and his descendants would be a blessing to the world.  Through the Jewish people, God showed us His Character, His Law and His Light through His Son Jesus the Messiah, “ The people of Israel. Theirs is the adoption to sonship; theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises. Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of the Messiah, who is God over all, forever praised!” (Romans 9:3-5)

Jerusalem March

The Bible calls Israel a light to the Nations because it was through them that Jesus our Lord and Saviour came to this earth to save the World! This year thousands of believers will come up to Jerusalem  from every corner of the globe to show how the light of Jesus has changed our lives by the removing of our sins and our dark deeds. Those who are there will tell the Nation of Israel how their role in history has brought light and salvation to the ends of the earth. What a remarkable opportunity!  

It’s amazing how light, even as small as a cell phone light, can show us the path on a very dark night. The world we live is increasingly more engulfed in darkness , sin and rebellion toward God. People need to see the light of Jesus that saves, redeems and delivers from darkness! 

Maybe your light has diminished to a modern day energy saving lamp that is dull and never maximizes to full brightness.  Maybe you pushed your light of salvation under a bowl afraid that someone will see it and persecute you.  God’s light is more powerful than the darkness. God is calling each of us to examine our hearts again and let His light shine brightly so that others may see it and be saved! 


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