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As we look out into the world, it can be easy to be discouraged, pessimistic and even cynical. Maybe the last year wasn't filled with good memories, or maybe it was, but it was also mixed with bad ones as well. Even if that weren't so, it doesn't take long to look around and realize the world is full of hurt, violence and brokenness. It can be hard to see any silver lining or light on the horizon, but it is in these moments we need to be reminded most of the greatest story of all--the story of when love came to earth, the light of the world. Jesus brings hope for all and hope for a better and redeemed future.
In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. …So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.
The light of the world comes and shines a light and reveals what is genuine and what is counterfeit. So, what does this light reveal exactly? Jesus, as the light of the world, reveals to the world what God is really like and sets the record straight about who God is (Col 1:15). As well, He shows us what true humanity is supposed to look like, by both redeeming it and leading us to a better way--full of life (John 14:6). Take a look at what Jesus says about both Himself and us as His followers:
Notice how He uses identical language to describe Himself and us. As His redeemed, spirit-filled followers, we are called to be His representatives, His ambassadors, His image bearers on earth. We are, of sorts, a mirror that reflects the light of Christ into dark places, illuminating the darkness and revealing what is genuine and what is counterfeit. The issue that arises is when our view of Christ doesn't line up with who He really is and in turn, we mirror someone or something that does not represent the Jesus of the Gospels, but a Jesus of our own making and in turn represent both a counterfeit Christ and a counterfeit humanity.
For some, Christ resembles more the leaders that Jesus adamantly opposed; or, for others, Christ resembles more the slavery of the religious system that Jesus came to set us free from; and even some, Christ resembles more the broken world that Jesus came to actually make new and refurbish. Let us make sure the light we are revealing is the same LIGHT that came to earth revealing what is genuine--the truth of Himself and His people.
So, let this LIGHT we carry in us, the LIGHT we are, shine into the darkness everywhere we go, this LIGHT that is full of LIFE, FAITH, HOPE and LOVE--for this age and the age to come.
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