Today’s Scrip-Bit 17 December 2014 John 1:9

John 1:9.    That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

Oh Friends, another beautiful day called Wednesday has dawned! All thanks and praise be to Jehovah God, who in addition to the new day, also blesses us with an abundance of new mercies and LOVING-kindness! Praise His Holy Name! 

That means we have to be grateful and show our appreciation by leading lives that please and glorify Him. That’s all He asks of us.
 
And truthfully, it’s not a whole lot, considering what our wonderful God has done for us, especially in giving us Jesus to be our Lord and Savior, our Redeemer, our ceremonial High Priest, our Advocate, our Prince of Peace, among the many other names he bears, and positions He holds.
 
Wow! I say it again Friends: what a wonderful God we serve and worship! There’s none like Him!
 
And all God’s people shouted out: ‘Oh Yes! There’s none like our great and wonderful God!’ Indisputable truth Friends!
 
And I just had to share this beautiful poem from the One Year Book of Bible Promises. When you read it, you’ll understand why. It’s called – You Cannot Be Hid.
 
‘Lord, I’ve discovered it’s never a secret When You live in a home For You simply cannot be hid. The neighbours soon know You are there Even strangers learn of You presence. When You are the Great First in a home There is a radiance that speaks of joy
 
There is gentleness, kindness Laughter and LOVE. There is commotion mixed with contentment There are problems mixed with prayer. Lord, Your own Word says it so vividly: “It was known that He was in the house.”
 
Oh Friends, what an immortal truth that is! If God truly lives in our homes, then there is no need to tell and/or spell it out to anyone, for the reverberation of His Spirit around the house speaks for itself. All the wonderful emotions and traits of our everlasting Deity positively manifest themselves.
 
And I’m asking us this morning, especially at this high season of Christmas, to let that wonderful, exciting, enthusiastic, encouraging and enlightening aura of God permeate and reverberate in our homes, as we celebrate the awesome incarnate birth of Jesus Christ!
 
We can’t pay Him a better honour than having Him shine brightly in our lives and our homes. What we badly need my people, is a rejuvenation of Jesus this Christmas season!
 
Now here is a little prayer I concocted with the help of some words from a devotional booklet on St. Therese, the patron saint of the Little Flower.
 
Please pray with me: ‘Blessed Jesus, we humbly ask this morning that You “Reignite Your image in our hearts, rekindle Your fire in our souls. Touch us Jesus, and transfigure us so that we shine with God’s light. Amen”
 
Yes my people, that’s exactly what we need in this current crazy, evil and angry world more than anything else; the transfiguration of our souls, so that we can shine brightly in God’s name!
 
That brings us to our most appropriate Bit, taken from John’s discourse on Jesus in the opening verses of his gospel. ‘That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.’ Yeh mih breddren, Jesus is, was, and will always be the true Light of the world!
 
And the scholars offer this brief explanation. ‘1:9. Lighteth every man means that God’s revelation is universally available. It does not signify universal salvation (cf. v.12; 3:18,36).’ Yes, salvation is there to be had by all, but you have to come and get it personally.
 
And Isaiah proclaimed Jesus’ light long before He came, when he spoke about Israel, the Lord’s servant. ‘And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end(s) of the earth.’ (Is.49:6)
 
And Jesus Himself declared it to us in the Sermon on the Mount. ‘Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle (lamp), and put it under a bushel (basket), but on a candlestick (lamp stand); and it giveth life unto all that are in the house. So let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify you Father which is in heaven.’ (Matt.5:14-16)
 
Oh Friends, what a command from our Leader!
 
And here’s how the scholars characterize it: ‘5:14-16. Ye are the light of the world describes the essential mission of the Christian to the world. He is the condition (salt) to meet the world’s needs and he has a mission (light) to the world. His light is to clearly shine forth into the darkness of human depravity.
 
He is to set his light upon a candlestick, not hide it under a bushel, that is, a basket. Darkness is the absence of light; and darkness alone cannot dispel the light, but the smallest light can dispel the greatest darkness.’
 
Oh my brethren, I couldn’t have said it any better, so please let’s do our very best to live up to Jesus’ expectations nuh. We need to take our Leader’s bidding seriously and ply it in a world that’s engulfed by darkness.
 
And fittingly, we’ll close with one of the greatest pronouncements ever on the subject of light and darkness. ‘And God said, Let there be light; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness.’ (Gen.1:3-4)
 
Yes Friends, the Light of Jesus is beautiful, so let’s allow it to shine in our lives and our homes! That’s heavenly wisdom! Much LOVE!
 
…this then is the message which we have heard of him…and declare unto you…that God is light…and in him is no darkness at all… (1 John 1:5)

 

 

 

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