Bringing Light to the Nations

 

FLAG 2019 Bringing Light to the Nations

 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.  In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not comprehend it.   John 1:1-5

"I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness.” John 12:46

Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” John 8:12

 "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.  Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16

 You may notice a progression in these verses.

 First, we see that Jesus is the Creator God, the self-existent eternal one who created the Universe.  He was the source of that first physical light in Genesis 1. 

 Second, Jesus is also the source of spiritual light in this world.  The world is fallen and people are sinful.  They live in darkness and practice evil without Him. They cannot even comprehend the Light without His help.  But if they believe in Him, they will not remain in darkness.

 Third, when they come to believe in him, they should follow Him so that they walk in His Light instead of the evil darkness.  In this continual relationship with Jesus, we allow Him to change our attitudes, actions, character, lifestyle and worldview.

 Fourth, just as the moon reflects the light of the sun, followers of Jesus should also reflect the Light of the Son to those around them.  We bring His light to the Nations.

 Join us at FLAG 2019 in Orlando, FL, April 4-8, as we explore how this progression works in us as we integrate our faith into our careers.