THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE: 1-21-18

LESSON TITLE: “THE LIGHT!”

WELCOME

TODAY WE ARE BLESSED WITH A WONDERFUL GIFT FROM GOD, THE BIBLE. THIS BOOK IS GOD'S LIVING WORD. IN ITS PAGES, WE ARE TOLD “FOR THE WORD OF GOD IS LIVING AND POWERFUL AND SHARPER THAN ANY TWO-EDGED SWORD.” IT IS IN THIS BOOK OF BOOKS THAT WE FIND THE ANSWERS TO ALL OF MAN'S QUESTIONS AND NEEDS. THIS MORNING YOUR AREA CHURCHES OF CHRIST WELCOME YOU TO A PROGRAM COMMITTED TO THAT PERFECT LAW OF LIBERTY AS WE PRESENT THE LIVING WORD. NOW HERE IS YOUR HOST, RAY SULLINS.

WHAT A PRIVILEGE WE HAVE THIS MORNING TO JOIN TOGETHER IN THE STUDY OF GOD’S LIVING WORD. WE ARE HAPPY YOU HAVE CHOSEN TO BE WITH US TODAY AND ARE EXCITED ABOUT THIS OPPORTUNITY WE HAVE TOGETHER TO GLORIFY OUR CREATOR. MAY WE EACH DO OUR PART TO MAKE THIS TIME ACCEPTABLE IN HIS SIGHT AND ACCORDING TO HIS WILL. NOW, LET’S APPROACH OUR FATHER’S THRONE IN PRAYER.

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU FOR THIS DAY AND THE MANY GREAT BLESSINGS OF LIFE. WE THANK YOU FOR THE PRIVILEGE THAT WE HAVE TO BE CALLED YOUR CHILDREN KNOWING THAT WE RECEIVE ALL PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS FROM YOU AND CERTAINLY FATHER, ALL THOSE GOOD GIFTS COME FROM ABOVE. AND FATHER, WE THANK YOU MOST OF ALL FOR THE GIFT OF YOUR SON JESUS AND THE GREAT SACRIFICE HE MADE, BUT ALSO FATHER HIS RESURRECTION BY WHICH WE ARE ABLE TO KNOW THAT YOU ARE GOD AND THAT WE'RE ABLE TO HAVE ETERNAL LIFE IF WE OBEY YOUR WILL. FATHER, WE THANK YOU FOR EACH AND EVERY DAY THAT YOU GIVE US AND HELP US ALWAYS TO SHINE AS LIGHTS IN THIS WORLD OF DARKNESS. IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

IT’S TIME TO START OUR PRAISE THROUGH SONG. OUR FIRST SONG OF THE DAY REMINDS US OF THE GREAT PROMISE OF SALVATION WHICH WE HAVE FROM GOD, OH WHAT A JOYFUL SOUND SALVATION TRULY IS! SO, WON’T YOU JOIN IN THE FIRST SONG OF THE MORNING, AS WE TOGETHER SING, “WE HAVE HEARD THE JOYFUL SOUND!”

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU THANKED GOD FOR ALL HE HAS DONE FOR US? MORE SPECIFICALLY, WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU THANKED HIM FOR YOUR BRETHREN IN CHRIST? I OFTEN THINK WE FORGET JUST HOW BLESSED WE ARE TO NOT ONLY HAVE AN EARTHLY FAMILY BUT TO ALSO HAVE A CHURCH FAMILY. IN FACT, IF YOU ARE LIKE MANY SOME OF US ARE AS CLOSE TO OUR CHURCH FAMILY AS WE ARE OUR EARTHLY FAMILIES!

I LOVE WHAT PAUL SAID ALONG THESE LINES AS HE WAS WRITING TO THE THESSALONIAN BRETHREN IN 2 THESSALONIANS 1:3! THERE WE READ, “WE ARE BOUND TO THANK GOD ALWAYS FOR YOU, BRETHREN, AS IT IS FITTING, BECAUSE YOUR FAITH GROWS EXCEEDINGLY, AND THE LOVE OF EVERY ONE OF YOU ALL ABOUNDS TOWARD EACH OTHER,” WE FIND HERE THAT PAUL WAS THANKFUL FOR HIS BRETHREN, BUT WHY? HE WENT ON TO SAY THAT THE REASON HE WAS THANKFUL WAS BECAUSE OF THEIR GREAT FAITH. ALSO NOTICE HERE WHAT PAUL SAID WAS DEMONSTRATING THEIR FAITH “LOVE FOR ONE ANOTHER!”

YOU SEE, WE ARE WELL BLESSED WHEN WE SHOW THE PROPER LOVE AND CARE FOR ONE ANOTHER AS CHRISTIANS. BECAUSE IT WILL BENEFIT US NOW IN THIS LIFE WITH RELATIONSHIPS THAT WILL LAST FOREVER, BUT EVEN MORE SO IT WILL BENEFIT US IN THE EYES OF GOD. THIS IS HOW HE AND OTHERS KNOW WE ARE TRULY OF HIM. ISN’T THAT WHAT JESUS SAID IN JOHN 13:35? THERE WE READ, “BY THIS ALL WILL KNOW THAT YOU ARE MY DISCIPLES, IF YOU HAVE LOVE FOR ONE ANOTHER.” EVEN CHRIST HIMSELF SAID THAT WE ARE TRULY KNOWN AS GOD’S FOLLOWERS BY HOW WE TREAT ONE ANOTHER AS BRETHREN.

ON THE OTHER HAND, HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF SOMEONE SAYING THEY DON’T LIKE OR HATE A FELLOW BROTHER IN CHRIST? I HAVE! HOWEVER, NOTICE WHAT JOHN SAID IN 1 JOHN 4:20. THERE WE READ, “IF SOMEONE SAYS, ‘I LOVE GOD,’ AND HATES HIS BROTHER, HE IS A LIAR; FOR HE WHO DOES NOT LOVE HIS BROTHER WHOM HE HAS SEEN, HOW CAN HE LOVE GOD WHOM HE HAS NOT SEEN?” WE MUST LOVE OUR BRETHREN!

SO, LET’S ALL REMEMBER THE GREAT NEED WE HAVE TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER IN JESUS CHRIST. REMEMBERING THAT THIS IS HOW WE ARE ENCOURAGED AND HELPED IN THIS LIFE, AS WELL AS THIS BEING THE WAY THAT GOD AND OTHERS SEE OUR TRUE FAITH. ARE YOU LOVING YOUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS AS GOD COMMANDS?

TODAY WE WILL CONTINUE SERIES OF STUDY WHICH FOCUSES ON JESUS AND IS ENTITLED, “IN THE BEGINNING WAS…!” OUR SPECIFIC STUDY THIS MORNING IS, “THE LIGHT!” AS FAR AS OUR SPEAKER THIS DAY, WE ARE AGAIN THANKFUL TO HAVE BROTHER CHUCK NORTHROP WITH US. BROTHER CHUCK IS A FULL TIME INSTRUCTOR AT THE BIBLE INSTITUTE OF MISSOURI, AS WELL AS WITH THE ONLINE ACADEMY OF BIBLICAL STUDIES. WE THANK BROTHER NORTHROP FOR BEING WITH US TODAY AND LOOK FORWARD TO HIM LEADING OUR THOUGHTS FROM GOD’S WORD AT THE APPROPRIATE TIME. NOW IT’S TIME TO JOIN IN OUR SECOND HYMN OF THE MORNING, THE NAME OF THE SONG, “WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS.”

LESSON

CHUCK NORTHROP

WELCOME TO THE PROGRAM. I APPRECIATE YOU AS A PERSON, I APPRECIATE YOUR LOVE FOR THE TRUTH AND YOUR INTEREST IN SPIRITUAL MATTERS. WE ARE SO GRATEFUL UNTO YOU FOR BEING HERE AND WE APPRECIATE YOU SO VERY MUCH THAT WE CANNOT SAY COMPLETELY HOW WE APPRECIATE YOU. IN THIS SERIES OF STUDIES WE ARE LOOKING AT JESUS AND VARIOUS CHARACTERISTICS ABOUT HIM FROM JOHN CHAPTER 1. IN JOHN CHAPTER 1, BEGINNING WITH VERSE ONE THROUGH VERSE FIVE, JOHN RECORDED THESE WORDS, “IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD, AND THE WORD WAS WITH GOD, AND THE WORD WAS GOD. THE SAME WAS IN THE BEGINNING WITH GOD. AND ALL THINGS WERE MADE BY HIM, AND WITHOUT HIM WAS NOT ANYTHING MADE THAT HATH BEEN MADE. IN HIM WAS LIFE; AND THE LIFE WAS LIGHT OF MEN. AND THE LIGHT SHINETH INTO THE DARKNESS; AND THE DARKNESS COMPREHENDETH IT NOT.”

IN THIS PARTICULAR LESSON, WE ARE CONSIDERING JESUS AS THE LIGHT. AND REALLY AS I THINK ABOUT THIS PARTICULAR THING I THINK ABOUT YEARS AGO. IN FACT, I WAS ONLY A BOY PROBABLY 12 MAYBE 14 YEARS OLD, SOMETHING LIKE THAT, AND MY DAD WOULD TAKE A GROUP OF US OUT CAMPING. AND I'M NOT TALKING ABOUT CAMPING LIKE IN A STATE PARK OR A NATIONAL PARK BUT I'M TALKING ABOUT A RUSTIC PLACE. WE WOULD GO OUT INTO THE WOODS SOMEWHERE AND WE WOULD CAMP. BUT DAD ALWAYS HAD A, HE ALWAYS WOULD SET UP IN THE EVENING TIME, LATE IN THE EVENING/ DUSK, A COLEMAN LANTERN. HE WOULD LIGHT THAT LANTERN AND IT HAD ENOUGH FUEL TO LAST ALL NIGHT LONG. WELL, YOU COULD IMAGINE BOYS SOMETIMES OR BOYS AND SO WE RAN OFF ONE NIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT AND GOT QUITE A WAYS AWAY AND I DON'T KNOW HOW FAR WE WERE. PROBABLY WASN'T NEAR AS FAR AS I THINK THAT IT WAS AT THAT PARTICULAR TIME BUT NONETHELESS WE GOT A LITTLE BIT DISORIENTED AND I REMEMBER COMING TO THE TOP OF THE HILL AND SEEING THAT LIGHT OF THAT LANTERN AT A DISTANCE AND IT GAVE US GUIDANCE BACK TO THE SAFETY OF THE CAMP. AND WE WENT BACK TO CAMP AND COURSE, YOU KNOW, WE FINALLY GOT INTO OUR SLEEPING BAGS AND IT WAS A COLD, COLD WINTER NIGHT. IN FACT, THE ICE WAS FROZEN BY A POND OR ON A POND THAT WE WERE CLOSE TO, AND WE WERE ABLE TO GET BACK INTO OUR SLEEPING BAGS AND SPEND THE REST THE NIGHT IN THE SAFETY OF THAT CAMP.

WELL, JESUS IS THE LIGHT. IN MANY WAYS, HE IS THE LIGHT THAT GUIDES. BUT AS WE THINK ABOUT LIGHT, REALLY THE MOST BASIC CONCEPT OF WHY IT IS THAT LIGHT INFLUENCES, SO I WANT TO LOOK AT THE LIGHT OF JESUS IN A COUPLE OF DIFFERENT WAYS. WE'LL LOOK AT THE SYMBOLISM OF LIGHT. THEN WE WILL CONSIDER JESUS AS THE LIGHT IN THE BOOK OF JOHN, AND WE WILL THEN LOOK AT THE REASON FOR US TO, FOR MEN TO TURN TO JESUS AS THE LIGHT. SO FIRST LET'S LOOK AT THEN THE SYMBOLISM OF LIGHT.

NOW, LIGHT, AS I SAID INFLUENCES, IT INFLUENCES THE WAY WE DO THINGS. WE'VE ALL BEEN IN A DARK ROOM AT NIGHT. WE FLIP ON A LIGHT OR WE TURN ON A FLASHLIGHT AND IT INFLUENCES WHERE WE WALK OR HOW WE WALK. WE AVOID THE VARIOUS OBSTACLES THAT MIGHT BE IN THAT ROOM. WE AND THE LIGHT INFLUENCES THAT AND THUS IT IS A GUIDE BECAUSE OF ITS INFLUENCE. BUT LIGHT IN THE BOOK OF JOHN, AND JESUS USED THAT TERM LIGHT, HE REALLY REFERRED TO MORE THAN JUST SIMPLY THE IDEA OF THE INFLUENCE OR THE IDEA OF GUIDANCE, HE USED THE TERM LIGHT IN REFERENCE TO SUCH THINGS OR A REPRESENTATIVE OF SUCH THINGS AS PURITY. YOU SEE, WITH GOD THERE IS NOTHING THAT'S IMPURE ABOUT HIM! HE IS THE LIGHT BECAUSE HE IS PURE. HE USED THE IDEA OF LIGHT TO REPRESENT GOOD. AND THOSE THINGS ARE MORALLY GOOD OR BENEFICIAL TO US! THAT LIGHT REPRESENTS THOSE THINGS. ALSO, HE USED THE TERM LIGHT TO REPRESENT KNOWLEDGE, AND MOST OF US, WE'VE HAD A LITTLE LIGHT COME ON IN OUR MIND AND WE SOMETIMES WILL TALK ABOUT THAT. I REMEMBER A GRAPHIC I USED TO USE AND THERE IS LIGHTNING BOLT HITTING THE HEAD OF A COMIC GIVING THAT IDEA OF THE KNOWLEDGE AND THAT LIGHT OF INFORMATION THAT APPEARED TO THAT PERSON. BUT WE ALSO USE THAT IDEA OF LIGHT REPRESENTATIVE OF JOY. WE'VE ALL BEEN AND PROBABLY OF THESE PAST FEW MONTHS WE HAVE BEEN WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND THE JOY THAT WE, AND THE LIGHT OF THAT JOY THAT WE ENJOY. BUT THEN LIGHT IS SOMETIMES USED AS A REFERENCE TO VICTORY. WELL, YOU KNOW ALL OF THOSE THINGS AND PROBABLY OTHER THINGS ARE REPRESENTED BY THIS CONCEPT OF LIGHT. BUT THE OPPOSITE IS ALSO TRUE AS WELL. YOU SEE, YES, LIGHT REPRESENTS GOOD, BUT DARKNESS REPRESENTS BAD. LIGHT REPRESENTS THE THINGS THAT ARE PURE BUT DARKNESS REPRESENTS IMPURITY. LIGHT REPRESENTS KNOWLEDGE, DARKNESS REPRESENTS IGNORANCE. LIGHT REPRESENTS JOY, DARKNESS REPRESENTS DESPAIR OR SORROW. AND LIGHT REPRESENTS VICTORY AND DARKNESS THEN WOULD REPRESENT THOSE THINGS LIKE DEFEAT. NOW, WE GET TO THE IDEA THAT JESUS IS THE LIGHT. WELL, THAT LIGHT REPRESENTS ALL OF THOSE THINGS. IN OTHER WORDS, JESUS IS GOOD; MORALLY AND BENEFICIAL. JESUS IS PURER IN EVERY WAY; SINLESS. JESUS HAS KNOWLEDGE, HE KNOWS ALL THINGS. HE IS GOD HIMSELF, AND HE HAS JOY, AND HE HAS VICTORY. AN ULTIMATE VICTORY THAT IS IN CHRIST. BUT JESUS USES THAT TERM THE LIGHT IN A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT WAYS.

LET'S TURN OUR BIBLES TO JOHN, THE BOOK OF JOHN, THE GOSPEL RECORD OF JOHN AND WE'RE GOING TO LOOK AT SOME PASSAGES THAT DEAL WITH THIS IDEA OF LIGHT. IN JOHN, THE THIRD CHAPTER, NOW PROBABLY MOST OF US RECOGNIZE THE CONTEXT OF THIS, IN VERSE 16, “‘FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD, THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, THAT WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH IN HIM SHOULD NOT PERISH, BUT HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE.’” JOHN 17, “‘GOD SENT NOT HIS SON INTO THE WORLD TO CONDEMN THE WORLD; BUT THAT THE WORLD THROUGH HIM MIGHT BE SAVED.’” BUT LOOK AT VERSE 19. THERE JESUS SAID THIS, “‘THIS IS THE CONDEMNATION, THAT LIGHT IS COME INTO THE WORLD, AND MEN LOVED DARKNESS RATHER THAN LIGHT, BECAUSE THEIR DEEDS WERE EVIL.” NOW, THE LIGHT IS COME INTO THE WORLD IS A REFERENCE TO JESUS AND THE TRUTH THAT JESUS SPOKE AND THE MORAL BENEFIT AND THE PURITY THAT HE TAUGHT US TO HAVE. BUT HE SAID, “THIS IS THE CONDEMNATION, THE LIGHT IS COME INTO THE WORLD.” NOW, WHY IS IT A CONDEMNATION? BECAUSE HE SAID MAN LOVED DARKNESS RATHER THAN LIGHT. WHAT DO YOU MEAN MEN LOVED DARKNESS? YOU SEE, MOST PEOPLE DO NOT WANT THEIR EVIL DEEDS EXPOSED. AND TRUTH AND LIGHT AND THE TEACHINGS OF JESUS OFTEN TIMES EXPOSE THEM AND HUMBLES US WHEN WE ARE EXPOSED. AND SO BECAUSE OUR DEEDS ARE EVIL, THEN MEN HATE THE DARKNESS.

WELL, WHEN WE GO OVER TO JOHN AND THE 8TH CHAPTER AND VERSE 12, NOW, GENERALLY WE THINK ABOUT JESUS' STATEMENT IN THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT, “‘YE ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD,’” MATTHEW CHAPTER 5 AND VERSE 16, JESUS SPOKE THOSE WORDS TO HIS DISCIPLES. BUT LISTEN TO WHAT JESUS SAID IN JOHN EIGHT AND VERSE 12. “THEN SPAKE JESUS AGAIN UNTO THEM, SAYING, ‘I AM THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD: HE THAT FOLLOWS ME SHALL NOT WALK IN DARKNESS, BUT SHALL HAVE THE LIGHT OF LIFE.’” NOW, IT'S INTERESTING THAT JESUS SAID, ‘I AM THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD.’ HOW CAN IT BE THAT WE ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD, THE FOLLOWERS OF JESUS, AND JESUS IS THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD? WELL, AS THE FOLLOWERS OF JESUS WE SIMPLY REFLECT JESUS. WE REFLECT HIM TO THE WORLD. AND OFTEN TIMES WE ARE THE ONLY BIBLE THAT SOME PEOPLE READ BECAUSE WE ARE REFLECTING WHAT JESUS LIVED WITHIN HIS LIFE. AND SO HE IS THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD. BUT NOTICE THE APPLICATION JESUS SAID. THAT THOSE THAT FOLLOW ME SHALL NOT WALK IN DARKNESS BUT SHALL HAVE THE LIGHT OF LIFE. WE CANNOT WALK IN DARKNESS AND THEN BE A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST.

WELL, ANOTHER PASSAGE THAT WE WANT TO CONSIDER IN THE BOOK OF JOHN IS JOHN CHAPTER 9 AND SPECIFICALLY VERSE FIVE, JOHN NINE AND VERSE FIVE. NOW TO GET THE CONTEXT OF THIS WE'RE INTRODUCED TO A SPECIFIC MAN IN THE EARLY PARTS OF JOHN CHAPTER 9 AND THAT PERSON IS, WE DON'T KNOW HIS NAME BUT HE WAS A BLIND MAN, AND JOHN RECORDED THAT HE WAS BLIND FROM HIS BIRTH. WELL, JESUS THEN PROVIDED LIGHT TO THAT BLIND MAN. JESUS SAID, “‘AS LONG AS I AM IN THE WORLD, I AM THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD.’” HE PROVIDED LIGHT FOR THAT BLIND MAN BECAUSE THEN AFTER JESUS HEALED HIM HE'S ABLE TO SEE. WELL, IS IT NOT THE CASE, THOUGH WE MIGHT NOT BE BLIND PHYSICALLY, BUT WE ARE CERTAIN OFTEN TIMES BLINDED BY SIN? AND JESUS THEN PROVIDES LIGHT TO US AND THE HEALING OF THE BLIND IN THAT SENSE. WELL THEN JOHN CHAPTER 12 VERSE 46 IS THE NEXT TIME WE READ OF JESUS BEING THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD. JESUS SAID, “‘I AM COME A LIGHT INTO THE WORLD, THAT WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH IN ME SHOULD NOT ABIDE IN DARKNESS.’” SO AGAIN, THE EMPHASIS THERE, IF LIGHT REPRESENTS MORAL PURITY, IF LIGHT REPRESENTS GOOD, IF LIGHT REPRESENTS KNOWLEDGE AND THOSE OTHER THINGS THAT WE TALKED ABOUT, THEN WE MUST WALK IN THOSE THINGS. WE MUST WALK MORALLY PURE AND BENEFICIAL TO OTHER MEN. WE MUST WALK IN SUCH A WAY THAT WE DO GOOD. WE MUST WALK IN KNOWLEDGE. WE MUST WALK SO THAT WE WILL HAVE THE JOY OF THIS LIFE THAT JESUS PROMISED TO US. AND WE MUST WALK IN SUCH A WAY TO ULTIMATELY GAIN THE VICTORY THAT IS IN JESUS CHRIST AND SHOULD NOT ABIDE THEN OR LIVE IN DARKNESS.

NOW THERE'S ONE MORE PASSAGE THAT I WANT TO CONSIDER IN THINKING ABOUT LIGHT AND JESUS BEING THAT LIGHT. BUT THIS TIME WE WANT TO GO OVER TO THE FIRST EPISTLE OF JOHN. FIRST JOHN CHAPTER 1 AND SPECIFICALLY VERSE NUMBER FIVE. FIRST JOHN CHAPTER 1 VERSE FIVE JOHN RECORDED THIS, “THIS THEN IS THE MESSAGE WHICH WE HAVE HEARD OF HIM AND DECLARE TO YOU, THAT GOD IS LIGHT.” NOW LISTEN, “THAT GOD IS LIGHT AND IN HIM THERE IS NO DARKNESS AT ALL.” JOHN MADE A SPECIFIC APPLICATION OF THAT PARTICULAR IDEA. NOW IT'S REALLY NOTHING UNUSUAL. WE SAW THAT IDEA TWICE IN TWO OTHER CASES IN THE BOOK OR THE GOSPEL RECORD OF JOHN. WELL, YOU SEE WITH GOD AND IF JESUS IS GOD AND WE SAW THAT TWO WEEKS AGO IN THIS PARTICULAR PROGRAM AND REALLY IT'S A PART OF THE PASSAGE THAT WE HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED IN JOHN ONE VERSE ONE, “IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD, AND THE WORD WAS WITH GOD, AND THE WORD WAS GOD.” WELL, YOU SEE JESUS IS GOD. HE IS DEITY. HE IS DIVINE. HE'S ONE OF THE PERSONS OF THE GODHEAD. AND AS THAT DIVINE BEING IT SAYS IN HIM IS NO DARKNESS AT ALL. IT IS REALLY RATHER FOOLISH FOR US AND WE'VE NOT DECEIVED ANYBODY BUT OURSELVES TO THINK THAT WE CAN WALK IN DARKNESS AND HAVE FELLOWSHIP WITH JESUS. WE MUST WALK IN THE LIGHT AS HE IS IN THE LIGHT, FIRST JOHN CHAPTER 1 AND VERSE 7.

WELL, WITH THAT IN MIND THEN MEN NEED LIGHT. NOW THERE IS REALLY A NUMBER OF WAYS THAT WE NEED LIGHT. LIGHT IS GOOD FOR US AS FAR AS OUR MENTAL STATE IS CONCERNED. THERE HAVE BEEN PLACES IN THE WORLD THAT OFTEN ARE DARK OR CLOUDY AND THOSE IN THOSE AREAS THE RATE OF SUICIDE, THE RATE OF DESPAIR IS GREATER. BUT WE LIVE UNDER THE LIGHT. AND WE NEED THAT LIGHT, THE PHYSICAL LIGHT YES BUT WE ALSO NEED THE SPIRITUAL LIGHT OF JESUS. WHY? BECAUSE LIGHT PROVIDES LIFE. AGAIN GOING BACK TO OUR TEXT, JOHN RECORDED THAT IN HIM IS NO DARKNESS AT ALL. BUT WE GO BACK TO OUR TEXT OF JOHN CHAPTER 1 AND VERSE FOUR, “IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD, AND THE WORD WAS WITH GOD, AND THE WORD WAS GOD. THE SAME WAS IN THE BEGINNING WITH GOD. AND ALL THINGS WERE MADE BY HIM, AND WITHOUT HIM WAS NOT ANYTHING MADE THAT HATH BEEN MADE. IN HIM WAS LIFE, AND THE LIFE WAS THE LIGHT OF MEN. AND THE LIGHT SHINETH INTO THE DARKNESS, AND THE DARKNESS COMPREHENDETH IT NOT.” YOU SEE, LIGHT PROVIDES LIFE. WE UNDERSTAND IT IN A PHYSICAL WAY BUT WE OUGHT TO UNDERSTAND IT IN A SPIRITUAL WAY AS WELL. BUT LIGHT ALSO PROVIDES GUIDANCE FOR US. WELL, YOU KNOW WHAT I'M REMINDED OF IS THAT LAMP OUT IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE OR OUT IN THE IN THE BOONDOCKS AS YOU WOULD AND REMEMBERING TO SEE THAT LIGHT THAT DAD LIT UP IN THE EVENING TIME. BUT DAVID WROTE ABOUT THAT ALSO IN PSALM 119 AND VERSE 105 WHERE DAVID SAID, “THY WORD IS A LAMP UNTO MY FEET; A LIGHT UNTO MY PATH.” BUT THEN LIGHT ALSO PROVIDES EXPOSURE. NOW I THINK PROBABLY MOST OF US THINK ABOUT THIS IN A NEGATIVE WAY BUT IT'S REALLY BOTH POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE. IT DOES PROVIDE EXPOSURE. IT EXPOSES WHAT'S GOOD BUT IT ALSO EXPOSES WHAT'S EVIL. WE'VE ALL AGAIN GOTTEN UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT AND WE TURN ON THE LIGHT OF SOME TYPE AND WE SEE THOSE THINGS THAT ARE OUT THERE IN THE ROOM THAT THAT MIGHT HINDER US, BUT DON'T WE SEE THOSE THINGS ALSO THAT CAN BENEFIT US? WELL LET'S GO OVER TO THE GOSPEL RECORD OF JOHN CHAPTER 3 VERSE 21 THIS TIME. HE SAYS, “‘BUT HE THAT DOETH TRUTH COMETH TO LIGHT, THAT HIS DEEDS MAY BE MADE MANIFEST, THAT THEY ARE WROUGHT OF GOD,” OR WORKED OF GOD AND SO HE THAT DOETH TRUTH COMETH INTO LIGHT.

SO WE ASKED THE QUESTION THEN IS JESUS THE LIGHT OF YOUR LIFE? NOW I'M NOT TALKING ABOUT A PART-TIME LIGHT, I'M NOT TALKING ABOUT A DIM LIGHT OR SOME TYPE OF LIGHT THAT DOESN'T AFFECT YOU VERY MUCH BUT I'M TALKING ABOUT THE LIGHT OF YOUR LIFE. A LIGHT THAT SHINES WITHIN YOUR LIFE EVERY MOMENT AND OF EVERY BREATH. WE APPRECIATE YOU SO MUCH AND THANK YOU.

CLOSING COMMENTS

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HOW BLESSED WE ARE TO HAVE A GOD WHO IS THE LIGHT! FURTHERMORE, HOW BLESSED WE ARE TO BE LIGHTS FOR OUR GOD IN A LOST AND DYING WORLD! SO THE QUESTION IS, “HAVE YOU RESPONDED TO THE LIGHT, THAT YOU MAY BE A LIGHT FOR YOUR CREATOR, THUS RECEIVING HIS PROMISED BLESSING AND REWARDS?”