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DEVOTIONAL WITH AMIR TSARFATI AND BARRY STAGNER

IS HE THE LIGHT IN YOUR LIFE?
Is He the Word of God that is dwelling with us right now in your life?
You know where two or three people are together in His name, He is there. Is He with you?
Do you know Him?
Or are you stuck with Him on the cross and therefore you’re always sad? Do you know Him?
Do you know His face?
Do you know His nature?
Do you know the power of resurrection?
Do you know that all of these things were written, so we will have hope?
 So, we will have comfort, in everything that we go through. For this reason Paul said, “I am bound in those chains for the hope of Israel.” And, I pray and hope this morning that Jesus, Yeshua from Nazareth, is not just a little baby on Christmas day for you. I pray that He is the Light in your life, that He is the hope of your life, that He is the Word that is within you every day. And, I pray that you will see Him everywhere throughout the Scriptures.
As we are now in the midst of a wonderful season of reminders via the Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread for the Jews and Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday for the Christians, there are so many amazing things for us to consider.
Romans 15:4
“…For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope…”
The Scriptures Paul spoke of were those of the Old Testament where many details concerning the coming “Holy One of Israel” were presented as a means by which patience and comfort of the Scriptures might create an immovable hope even in times where hope seemed to be a rare and precious commodity.
Light has many wonderful meanings in Scripture outside of its literal meaning. It represents enlightenment, understanding, wisdom. It symbolizes righteousness and even readiness.
John 3:16-21
“…For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God…”
We also see that “light” is figurative for Truth.
Albert Einstein said: There is no such thing as darkness, only the absence of light.” 
This is interesting in that it reminds us that darkness has but one adversary and that is light. Darkness also is rich with metaphoric meaning in the Bible as it is used to represent evil, lies, a lack of wisdom or unrighteousness.
If we think back to the creation narrative and that Genesis 1:2 says;
“The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep”
and the very first thing that God spoke into existence was the adversary of darkness, light.
Genesis 1:3
“…Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light…”
What a great reminder for us that our lives were “without form and void” until the Light of the World, in the person of Jesus Christ, came into our lives. Where the darkness of unrighteousness once ruled, the Light of Christ now reigns. Where the impure wisdom of the world was once our guide, the pure wisdom from above now directs our path. Yet, as Jesus Himself said, truth, wisdom and righteousness came into the world but most people love lies, evil and unrighteousness and the evil deeds associated with them.
Matthew 5:14-16
“…You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven…”
John 9:5
“…As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world…”
Jesus is no longer physically present in this world and He has commissioned us as His friends to take up that role as truth bearers and righteousness proclaimers walking in the pure wisdom of the Word.
We see this wonderfully displayed by Paul who had a continual burden for his people as evidenced by his passion for them recorded in Romans;
Romans 9:1-5
“…I tell the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit, that I have great sorrow and continual grief in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my countrymen according to the flesh, who are Israelites, to whom pertain the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the service of God, and the promises; of whom are the fathers and from whom, according to the flesh, Christ came, who is over all, the eternally blessed God. Amen…”
Oh that we would have such passion to see our friends, neighbors and even enemies come to the Light and thus know the Truth!
1 Peter 1:3
“…Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…”
So as we celebrate this season rich with reminders of why we have comfort and hope, let us remember that the Light, Jesus, did not come into the world to become a Christmas ornament, nor did He come into the world to initiate a springtime celebration of bunnies and eggs. He came to be and bring Light and Truth into a dark world, and give us a living hope through His resurrection from the dead. 
Psalm 43:3
“…Oh, send out Your light and Your truth! Let them lead me; Let them bring me to Your holy hill And to Your tabernacle…”
May the Light of the Word of Truth be your guide during this wonderful season of celebration, and always, as He lights your path and directs your steps so that others may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus!

 

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