I’m always turning off lights. Electricity prices, in this wonderful province we call home, vary as to the time of day. Low lighting may save money, but a lack of light can prove hard on my eyesight.
In Mark 4 Jesus continues to instruct His followers in the principles by which His kingdom operates. Using the illustration of a lamp, He presses the truth of full disclosure upon them. Lamps were purposeful then as they are now. They are designed to reveal not conceal.The homeowner needs light as the days lengthening shadows darken his rooms. He chooses his lamp, checks the oil supply, lights it and brings it into the room, placing it on a stand, elevated enough to cast light to those within its range. He doesn’t cover it or hide it and the closer anyone is to the light the clearer they will see.
Spiritually this truth has huge applications. Most of us have had exposure to spiritual light. We’ve had a multitude of opportunities to learn about God, His ways and His plan of reconciliation. Some of us have chosen to allow Jesus, the true Light of the world, to shine into our lives and push back the darkness that for too long has spread its influence. Others have rejected the light and have remained in willful darkness despite the abundance of light sources which surround them.
This theme of light and darkness permeates the pages of Scripture. Consider just one further text after the infamous John 3:16. In verses 19-21 of that same chapter, Jesus in explaining truth to Nicodemus asserts –
“This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.” (John 3:19121)
Light has come and parts of our world, including Canada, have had God’s light shining in various locations and through various people. Jesus is the light of the world and His followers are likewise spoken of as bearers of light. Those who choose evil hate the light. They detest it and fear exposure of their evil deeds. Given the choice, they turn off the switch, and carry out their daily activities in the dark, believing that their choices will bear no consequences.
Here’s a black and white picture of 2 ‘light-bearers’ who served with the Faith Mission in Canada and brought the message of the Light of the world to many people.