"The LORD my God will enlighten my darkness". Psalm 18v28
Reading - John 9
Many of us, including me, may remember the old lamplighter. This was the man who went around the streets with his ladder and torch flame, setting the old gas lights ablaze for the night.
As a child I too was fascinated by the way in which he carried out his job. I believe that there are still some areas in London where this practise still happens today. I read somewhere that one evening in Edinburgh Robert Louis Stevenson was watching the lamplighter and he shouted to his parents, "Look! Look! There is a man out there punching holes in the darkness."
What an amazing description of the result of what the lamplighter was doing. It also occurred to me that this is exactly what Jesus came to do. Although, during His time on earth He accomplished many great and miraculous wonders, His primary purpose was indeed to punch holes in the spiritual darkness that covered, and still covers, the earth. In other words He came to be The Light of the World. We are reminded of this in John 8:12 when Jesus spoke to the people saying, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness." The reading in John 9 is all about a blind man receiving his sight and the consequences that followed. Its a fascinating story about a supernatural miracle. Although pages could be written on this particular passage I would like to point out that there are three simple, but important, messages within the reading.
Firstly - Jesus is a shining light. When He came to the earth His primary purpose was delivering people from darkness and into the light. I believe that He is till doing that today and if we come to Him with a sincere heart, repent and seek forgiveness, He will bring us out of the darkness and into His wonderful light.
Secondly - Jesus is a Seeking Light. The reading tells us that the hitherto blind man was, "cast out by the Jews." But Jesus went looking for him. Why? The answer can be found in Luke 19:10 which states: "For the Son of Man came to seek and save that which was lost." This man, although he could now physically see, was still spiritually lost and Jesus came looking for him so that he might believe. Jesus is still seeking today, looking for those, who with repentant hearts, are ready to accept Him into their lives as their personal Lord & Saviour. We may not be physically blind but we can still be spiritually blind.
Thirdly - Jesus is a Saving Light. This blind man finally realised who Jesus was and made the decision to take Jesus into his heart. As a result, because he called on the name of Jesus, he was eternally saved and was received into a family from which he would never be removed. His name was written in the Lambs' book of Life for all eternity.
If you are tired of the dark or you know someone who is then tell them of this story in John 9, and tell them to come to Jesus and step into the light of His glorious salvation.
Father God thank you for sending us Jesus the Light of the World. Help us to come to Him with sincere and repentant hearts that we may walk in the light of His glorious salvation. Help us to be bold and tell others how to step out of the darkness and into the light, so that they too may know the wonder of the love and the freedom that can only come from you alone. In His name Amen.