Something that’s been on my mind recently is the sheer brightness that Jesus is to the world.
We all know the ‘I am’ saying of Jesus “I am the Light of the World”, but I don’t think we always understand what that means in its entirety.
Jesus is the light of the world that exposes darkness, and draws men to him to be saved.
But the light of Jesus is SO bright that it actually blinding.
This is something which we don’t often think about, or talk about.
When the gospel is preached, and when Jesus is glorified, it will bring about one of two reactions. Either a person will be drawn to Christ, and ultimately come to know him and enter into relationship with him, or it will start to blind them to the point where they cannot know Jesus. This is not because Jesus doesn’t allow or want them to be saved, but because they have chosen the path which doesn’t include Jesus. Therefore, preaching Jesus and the Gospel is a constant nag, which ultimately ends up in a deafening and blinding of that person to the very light and sound that will give them eternal life.
There is not enough prayer for church leaders who are preaching the gospel on a daily basis. The sheer thought that this process is going on, propelling some towards heaven, and others towards hell is a very sobering thought indeed.
But, we are not to know what effect is taking place. Our call is to preach, to put love on people and to lift up the name above every name. And we must remain faithful to that, making sure that we bless others.
The invitation to be drenched in the light is open to all. It’s only our turning away that causes blindness.
Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre.
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