You may be familiar with these words from the beautiful poetry of the third chapter of the Book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible. Or perhaps you are more familiar with the musical setting by Pete Seegar known as Turn, Turn, Turn or popular renditions by Judy Collins or The Byrds.
These are words people turn to for comfort in times of change. This is a Scripture that is often read at funerals. So why do we find these words so comforting and reassuring? I believe it is because they speak to us of Divine Order. They remind us that life does have “seasons” that come and go, but the world keeps turning and life goes on. To everything there is a season…
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” — Matthew 5:14-16 The Bible, New International Version
The term “light of the world” is often associated with Jesus, especially during the Advent/Christmas season. But in the above scripture passage from what is known as the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells us that WE are the light of the world. In these turbulent times it can be difficult and even frightening to let our light shine. But shine we must. We must live the truth, even though those who are still blind to it may ridicule or even threaten us.
I am the light of the world. YOU are the light of the world. WE are the light of the world. Now go forth and shine!
“For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; the flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come and the voice of the turtle dove is heard in our land.” Song of Solomon 2:11-12, The Bible (KJV)
“For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.” — Isaiah 57:12, The Bible (KJV)
“He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8 The Old Testament, New International Version
Jim Keck, Senior Pastor of First Plymouth Church in Lincoln Nebraska has been giving a sermon series on the essential 12 Christian scriptures. The text for November 10 is todays quote. Jim is a wonderful preacher and he has a powerful message. This video runs almost 25 minutes, but I encourage you to take the time. This is an important lesson for today’s world.