Posts Tagged ‘Light of the world’

John 8:12-30 Haven’t You Been Listening?

The truth doesn’t change just because you won’t listen!

Jesus is once again in the temple teaching. John puts Him in the treasury, which was near the court of the women. This way ALL can hear His message. Hear but not understand.

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (verse 12). Jesus is making a blanket offer to any who would believe the truth. It is also a very compelling offer. Jesus is offering a way out of darkness (sin and sinful ways) and a way into eternal life. I don’t know if those listening understood His offer fully, John tells us that some did believe that day. Read more »

Luke 11:33-36 The Eyes Have It

What is shining out from your heart?

What is shining out from your heart?

Luke brings us a parable from Jesus that is familiar. We actually looked at a very similar parable earlier in Luke’s narrative. It was in chapter 8 verses 16 to 18. Both parables talked about a lamp and a lampstand. But then we branch into different directions from there. Today’s parable focuses on the eye, or the window to the soul.

Jesus starts out talking about lighting a lamp and what you do with it next. “No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar or under a basket, but on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light” (verse 33). In other words, a lamp is meant to be seen and to give off light. I think we can all agree on that.

Here is where our parable diverges from the other. Jesus says that our eye is the lamp of our body. So how does that work? Have you ever heard someone say, “Their eyes shone with love”? Or how about, “Their smile didn’t reach their eyes”? How about, “He has mean eyes”, or “She has the gentlest eyes”? People, even non-believers, recognize that you can see what is in a person’s heart by looking into their eyes. Why is that? Read more »

Luke 8:16-18 Let it Shine

Let your light shine

Let your light shine

Luke is sharing another familiar parable with us today. We looked at this story in Mark 4:21-25. Feel free to refresh your memory of that telling and what we found that day, if you want to.

When I look at the story today it brings to mind the children’s song “This Little Light of Mine.” Luke is very good at skipping timelines and he makes this story look like it came right after Jesus’ explanation of the previous parable. I don’t think that is what happened chronologically, but I’m not certain about that either. Read more »

Mark 4:21-25 Let Your Light Shine

Light of the world

Light of the world

When we join Jesus today, Mark does not make it clear if He is still with His intimate group or if Jesus was now addressing a crowd. When I “fast forward” a bit to verse 34, it looks like from our verses through verse 34 Jesus is teaching to the crowd instead of giving private instruction. Mark tells us that Jesus explained everything to His disciples in private, so being that today’s parable doesn’t come equipped with an explanation, He was probably delivering it to the crowd.

Mark doesn’t record the specific account of Jesus sharing the meaning of this parable with His disciples. Maybe the Holy Spirit believed that this parable was self-explanatory. Let’s look at this parable and see where the Holy Spirit takes us. Read more »