So the news—at least some of it—seems a bit more upbeat in recent days. Businesses are beginning to reopen, churches are beginning to reopen, public spaces seem to be reopening. Glimmers of light after two months of economic darkness. I know we each hope the economy comes roaring back, and I’m certainly praying for that outcome.
Over the years my children have asked me more questions than I could ever recount, and I’ve always endeavored to give them honest and correct answers. When they ask me about economics—especially the big picture of macroeconomics— I confess my lack of knowledge. I do know that economies go through periods of prosperity and hardship. I know about supply and demand. After that, I’m basically done. So while I’m with everyone in praying for the economy to blaze back instantaneously, I do know that eventually the business of business will take another temporary slump. And that will be dark.
In my last post I spoke about the current darkness that we’re experiencing. In Sunday’s sermon I spoke about tough times and how to get through them. Ultimately, this all means basking in the eternal light of God. John chapter 1 is a very famous and important passage of scripture because it proves the eternal divinity of Jesus Christ. In verses 6-9 we read about John the Baptist—who was Jesus’ cousin.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.
Jesus is that light. And the way out of any dark time, be it economic or emotional or spiritual, is to run to Jesus for comfort and protection. In John 8:12b Jesus tells us—
“I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
A Christian is a follower of Jesus. Where He goes, we go. And here Jesus is promising that we will not walk in darkness if we are His. In God there is no darkness because He is light (1 John 1:5). We have light within us and around us at all times.
Have you ever been in a power outage where you could see other houses that weren’t too far away from your dwelling, and the lights were on while your house was bathed in darkness? No matter how dark that particular grid might be, those particular houses possessed light on the inside.
The beauty of this is that if we are Christians, no matter how dark it is outside, we have light within us. In fact, let me end by giving you some explosive news about yourself. First, remember that Jesus says He is the light of the world (John 8). Now, in Matthew 5:14-16 utters these astonishing words—
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Let the truth of these words fill your veins and bones with power and life. Think about the weight of what Jesus has said about us. By the way, the term You is plural. Dust off that King James Bible! Those old fashioned, Shakespearean pronouns make it all clear for us. We are an unstoppable force of light, of goodness, of holiness. So let us join together and bring the message of light to a world that is hurting, a world that is blinded by spiritual darkness. Only Christians have the answer—the answer is Christ.