Nu’uanu Baptist Church / February 17, 2021
For the past few weeks our friend has been writing a blog about light. Science was not my strong suit in college, but I did know something about light. However, there are a couple of things I didn’t know that was written in the blog. Those are not necessarily what I want to share with you, but something else at the end. This is some of what our friend wrote.
“I mentioned already that light is (1) the source of all life, (2) the source of all power, (3) it’s everywhere, ie, omnipresent, and (4) it’s constant and unchanging.
Astronomers tell us that the universe, which as I said earlier is that area encompassed by light, is expanding. You get a big telescope, and every direction you look, you’ll see the light moving … and it’s moving away from us. They can tell that by something called “red shift”.
Even if there is an edge to the universe, it’s expanding, and it’s expanding at the speed of light.
Now look with me to Revelation 22:13, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” If we speak of God, we have to speak of Him in terms of infinity. God is infinite, just as light is infinite. Wait, that’s not quite right. Light had a beginning, when God spoke it into existence (Genesis 1:3).
So what’s the point? The men who wrote the Bible thousands of years ago gave God the same five properties of light that Albert Einstein discovered and described in 1938. And then in places like 1 John 1:5, they said, “This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all.”
This is an amazing analogy that that could not have been made before 1938, unless it was made as a direct result of the inspiration of God.
And the analogy doesn’t stop there. When it comes to inspiration, it’s good to point out things that show the truth and depth of the Bible, but it’s even better to understand the message that those things are telling us.”
I thought what our friend wrote about light was interesting, but there are two questions that my friend asked that I want to draw your attention to.
“Is it possible that there are some among us who are not totally in the light?” When I read this question I thought about friends I have known over the years that seemed to follow Jesus, but then they dropped by the wayside. What causes someone to try and avoid the light? Why do people continue to walk in darkness? I don’t have the answer.
Thinking about those questions, I thought of my friend’s second question. “In our own lives, are there corners of darkness that persist, blinding us to Who God really is, and who we are before Him?”
Now that’s getting personal. Are there corners of darkness in my life? Am I always open to the Lord showing me areas of darkness in my life; sin that keeps me from knowing more of His grace and love?
Do you ever think about that second question? If you do, you and I are not alone. Listen to Psalm 139:23-24:
“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns. 24 See if there is any offensive way in me; lead me in the everlasting way.”
How comforting is it to know that God cares for us, even those who may not totally be in the light. He has not given up on us. He will still lead us in the way everlasting if we will open our hearts to Him, obey His word and trust Him.
Let’s follow Jesus, the Light!
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