For centuries students of the Word of God have been fascinated by its motifs of light and darkness. From the first chapter of Genesis to the last chapter of Revelation, from God speaking light into existence to the City of Light, we see that God is not only the Creator of natural light but also is the creator and dispenser of spiritual light. The same Bible that progressively unfolds the wonders of God’s light—his truth, righteousness, and holiness—also shows us God’s disdain and disapproval of the absence of light, which is darkness—every manifestation of sin, evil, unrighteousness, and falsehood.
It was said of Paulinus (d. 644), a missionary to the Anglo-Saxons, that “seeing the darkness ahead, he decided to light a lamp and keep it burning in a Christian shrine.” As Christians, we are Christ’s shrines, temples of God scattered all over the world. And it is an extremely dark world. Our Lord and Master said, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden” (Mt. 5:14). The purer the wick, the brighter the light. Shine, Jesus, shine! Shine, Christian, shine!
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