Sunday, 11 December 2016

IN HIM THERE IS NO DARKNESS

TEXT: 1 JOHN 1: 5-7

5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
Christmas season is a very unique season.  The way it is being celebrated is different from other festive season. The lighting all over the streets and the neighbourhood makes Christmas to be different from other celebration.
Jesus Christ is the LIGHT of the world, and in him there is no darkness AT ALL. Light is used as a metaphor in the Bible. It symbolises RIGHTEOUSNESS, BLAMELESS, HOLINESS, GOODNESS, PURITY, KINDNESS, LOVE, and all other fruit of the Holy Spirit.
Light illuminates and make everything visible. Every hidden things becomes visible at the entrance of light.
Darkness on the other hand is the absence of light. Darkness conceals and make things to be gloomy, shady and scary!
Darkness connotes WICKEDNESS, EVIL DOING, SIN, INIQUITY, IMPURITY, IMMORALITY, HATRED, STRIVE, JEALOUSY, LUST and all other works of the flesh.
Light is being used in the scripture as picture of good works. Jesus as the light of the world means that he is good, kind, holy, loving, righteous and caring. Jesus came into the world to illuminate the world with his light through his followers.
As believers, if we are truly his followers, if you truly have genuine fellowship with him, we shouldn't have any dealings with darkness again. This is so because his light supposed to have illuminated in every area of darkness in our lives.
The verse six of the text says " if we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in darkness, we lie and do not live in truth."
Jesus called us the LIGHT OF THE WORLD, he said we should shine our lights before all men, so that they may see our good deeds and glorify God ( Matthew 5: 16).
You cannot continue in darkness as a follower of Jesus, your way of life must change if you are a genuine follower of Christ. It is the plan of God that every believer must emulate Him by shining forth His light and by becoming like him everyday.
The Christmas season is the period of lightning. Beautiful lights would be seen everywhere to celebrate the birth of our lord Jesus (the light of the world!).
Ironically. Knowingly or unknowingly, the light of the world is being celebrated with beautiful lightings all over the world! ( Even those that argues his birth and his claim as the child of God, puts up lights to celebrate the "Holiday" as they called it). Isn't that wonderful?
My piece of advice or admonition for all believers is that we should not only light the house and the Christmas trees. Rather, we should put on the light of our hearts, and let it illuminate and impart the lives of people around us.
We are the light of the world, no one lights candle and keeps it under the bed. Let your goodness be evident to everyone that comes in contact with you in this season and always.
If we do not have light, we do not know God. Those that knows God are those that walks in His light. Ephesians 5:8 says " for you were once darkness, but now you are LIGHT in the lord. Live as children of light.
Let us continue to shine the light of God by putting away every works of darkness like envy, hatred, sin, wickedness, unholy living, lust and immorality. Let us manifest the light of God by loving people, helping others, showing goodness, live a righteous life, forgive and be blameless before our Lord Jesus.
MAY THE LIGHT OF GOD NEVER DEPART FROM OUR LIVES IN JESUS NAME.AMEN.
MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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