Christ the Illuminator


Hebrews 1:3 “who being the brightness of His glory,”

The interesting truth about darkness is that it does not exist.  Look up the word “dark” in the dictionary and the meaning of darkness has its root in whether or not light is present.  Darkness can never exist except for in the absence of light.  The state or depth of darkness in man’s heart and life is a direct relation to the state or depth that light exists in his heart.  Jesus Said in John 8:12 “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.

The writer of Hebrews is expounding on Jesus’s comment describing Christ as the brightness of His glory. I like this verse in the Bible because many people think that Christ is like a reflector.  Their perception is that Christ is reflecting the light from the Father to us.  The moon is an example of a reflector.  On moonlit nights when the moon lights up the night sky it is in fact the sun’s light that is being reflected off the moon.

The main point of this verse is to reduce any confusion about whether or not Christ was simply a reflector of God’s truth or in reality the Illuminator of God’s reality.  This verse clarifies that thought and points out that Christ is not a reflector, but in fact he is the radiator of or the source of His Light.  Christ is the Illuminating light so that there is no need of a light source in Heaven, for Christ is the radiator and our source of Light.  Christ is both the radiation source of God’s light and the effect of the light.  He is both the brightness and the heat both illuminating our steps and giving us energy.  Talk to any science scholar and ask them the devastation the world would go through if the suns light and energy were blocked from reaching the face of the earth.  The same is true of Christ’s illumination, take the illumination of Christ away from mans conscience and there will be darkness and devastation.

Daniel 2:22 “He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, and light dwells with Him.”   I guess the question we need to ask ourselves is, “who do we dwell with?”  First point of this verse in Daniel is that He reveals the deep and secret things.  So who do we think we are kidding if we continue to sin, He will know.  Even if you secretly live with unbelief and refuse to accept the Eternal Salvation that Christ died for and choose darkness it will be revealed, everyone will know.

Lets move on to our response to Christ’s illumination, I mean really how does this effect us?  Matthew 5:16 “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”  John 8:12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”  Jesus is the Light of Life.  Lets look at what Jesus said in John 8:12.  First, “He who follows Me,” means to be on the same road and accompanied with it is more than just stepping in His footsteps it is fellowshipping.  His concerns become our concerns, His motives become our motives, and His truth becomes our truth and we are willing to die like He did for that truth.  The next words, “shall not walk” means to not be occupied with or tread alongside of or have unity with.  When Jesus says, “shall not walk” He is not talking about the occasional sin or shortcoming, He is talking about the overall living of your life.  The word “darkness” means obscurity.  So to put it all together; another rendering of this verse is, He who is in fellowship with or on the same side as Jesus would never fellowship or live with obscurity.  He is not about the grey area; He is about black and white.  Matthew 12:30 “He who is not with me is against Me.”  So if you are with Him, then you will have the light of life.

Allowing Him to be the illuminator in our life will naturally bring Him glory.  How can His illumination in our life bring Him glory?  While riding as a passenger in a car look into the headlights of a car coming towards you, what do you see?  Do you see the car?  No, you see the light coming from the car.  Why can’t we see the stars during the day; because the brightness of the sun outshines them.  The same is true in that the brighter He is able to radiate the Father through us the lesser in comparison to that light we become.  Paul said it correctly when he stated that He must increase and I must decrease.

Let His Light shine through you today.

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