Advent Flow #24 - NAME OF GOD: Light of the World

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“ I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”

- Revelation 22:13

NAME OF GOD: Light of the World

by Steve Wells

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In the Greek, “Phos” is translated as Light, a source of light and radiance. Helps Ministries has a word study that defines “Phos” (light) as the manifestation of God’s self-existent life; diving illumination to reveal and impart life, through Christ.

On either side of today’s scripture verse (John 8:12), you see the pharisees trying to trap Jesus through the sins of an adulterous woman and a group of unbelieving, doubtful people, who never could hear or see that the divine Son of God was physically there right before their very eyes. Pastor Mike asked a question in one of his recent messages where he talked about Adam and Eve before the fall. He asked, “Did Adam and Eve actually get to know and experience what it felt like to live in a world without blemish; without sin; without shame, before their actions took us into a fallen world?” I’m guessing that they might have but, nevertheless, they chose to follow the path that leads to death. Ever since then, God has had to reveal His Glory, His Laws, His Power, His Righteousness through individuals like the Major and Minor prophets, the priests, and those chosen in special ways for specific purposes to reveal God’s glory. However, God chose to send His Son, Jesus, as the final High Priest, to be the last and final sacrificial Lamb; to be the one divine, true illuminating and radiant light in a dark and fallen world.

If we were to be honest with ourselves, how often are we like the pharisees and the unbelieving people? You know — where we doubt the promises of God and question every promise and call upon our life to the point that we miss the mark over and over again — where the darkness of this world begins to be what our actions speak. Jesus IS the Light of the World. Matthew 5:14-16 says,“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

When we are truly walking with Jesus and allowing Holy Spirit to move us into action, we become a lampstand in the middle of a fallen world. His call and our actions speak an undeniable divine truth — JESUS! He’s the Light of the World. We’re His lampstand and He’s the flame that burns within. GO AND LET HIS LIGHT SHINE BRIGHT IN AND THROUGH YOU!

Questions:

Spend the next few minutes listening to these songs. What’s the theme? What are they saying to you?

   a) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhumxplTH9I / “Light of the World” by Lauren Daigle

   b) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNwAK6Oox_w / “Jesus, Light of the World” by Third Day

   c) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d17hi1s6Tgg / “Light Shines Bright” by TobyMac

Is there a truth you don’t want to see that’s keeping you from being that lampstand in a fallen world? Take a few minutes to think and pray about that and ask God to take that distraction or hindrance away.

During this season and beyond, in what way can you let the flame of Christ burn bright to those around you?

FLOWFLOW StudyAdvent 2017