Anyone who has watched the TV show Ghost Whisperer, has heard the phrase “Go to the light” at least two to three times an episode. (see more about this here… http://www.youtube.com/show?p=yaJn4TCMqCQ&s=5&clips=1)
Why does she tell them to “Go to the light”? According to the show, it is because it is only “in the light” that those who have died can find final peace, forgiveness and the resulting rest in the afterlife. In the series, however, it is never clearly explained what “the light” is.
Similarly, in the modern day “near death experience”, going to a light, or seeing a bright light during an out of body experience is commonplace. These accounts do not include any explanation of this light with few, if any exceptions.
I’m not going to look at the Scriptural implications of the “going to the light” idea, or all the events that make up a “near death experience;” that is for another day and time. But, I would like to look at the Bible’s teachings on a “light” that will give us forgiveness, peace, and rest; in this life and in the afterlife as well…
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. (Joh 8:12)
As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. (Joh 9:5)
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. (Mat 5:15-16)
Christ describes Himself as “the Light of the World”. He then goes on to explain why He possesses that title. He says that “he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” In other words, if we are a follower of Christ, we will not be spiritually blind any longer, but He will open our blinded eyes, allowing us to be understanding of His words and in receipt of spiritual life now and throughout eternity.
Christ makes it plain that He will be the Light of the World as long as He is present in this world. But what then?…..
In the context, Christ is speaking to those who have placed their trust in Him as Lord and Savior, and are now followers of Him. He says that, in His absence from the earth, we are now the Light of the World, shining forth His Word as a candle shines forth its light. How do we shine forth that light? Through our words and our works we reflect the light of Christ to this world, which results in His Father being glorified.
The above picture was painted by my wonderful wife, Eva Barkman. Her picture of a lighthouse can represent our Lord Jesus Christ, the light of the world, who shines forth for all to see. Her description reflects that thought….. “A lighthouse always reminds me of our great Lord, who is the light of the world to all who will see Him (the saved). When things get dark and depressing, it’s a blessing to have the one true light of Jesus Christ to guide your way.”
(My thanks to Eva for allowing me to use her picture in this posting… Also the “Settled In Heaven” banner at the top of this page is a combination of her “Calvary” painting and her digital captioning.
If you would like a blessing… visit her website for more of her paintings and their Scriptural applications…. http://alivewithchristart.blogspot.com/ )
THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION:
For those who are saved, is your life reflecting Christ to the world? Or, I could ask the same question in a different way…. When someone looks at our life, do they see Christ? That’s what being a witness for Christ is all about. By bearing the fruits of the Spirit (Gals 5:22-23, Eph 5:8), we are letting our light shine in the world. This light then reveals Christ and glorifies the Father in the eyes of all those around us.
Stop and think about it…if we do not reflect the light of Christ into this world, who will? Since Christ is now no longer physically in this world, it is an ABSOLUTE necessity that we reflect His light, and shine it forth in the midst of a sin darkened world. (Acts 13:47, 1 Ptr 2:9)
Do we have a loved one whose spiritual condition is a burden to us? Have you been praying for an acquaintance to come to a saving relationship with Christ? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions then my next question to you is this… Are you displaying Christ’s light to them through your words and actions? You can do this by telling them what Christ has done for you; then, live a life before them that honors the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. There is no stronger witness than to have a Godly life supporting the Godly message we are delivering… this is our Lord’s way to be an effective witness for Him.
I know in today’s time we have all the “modern” ways of evangelizing the lost around us. All I can say is this…. Our Lord’s way of evangelizing is the ONLY way to be an effective witness for Him…. He made that way clear by telling us to “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven”. To depart from this is to depart from the will and ways of our Father in heaven.
For those who have never been saved, “Go to the light”! Not the way the ghost whisperer means it… but, in the way the Bible means it. We are to experience His gracious intervention in our life, abhor our sin, fall at His feet and humbly seek the salvation only He can give. (2 Cor 4:6, Eph 5:14)
(For much more information on this subject please read, with an opened Bible, the blog page entitled “salvation”. On this page you will find various blog entries dealing totally with salvation.)
If you have any questions concerning this blog, or if you have a subject you would like discussed, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will answer all emails via my blog, email, or both.
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May the Lord bless your study of His Word. Like God’s Word… may your soul’s salvation and your life’s faithfulness be “Settled in Heaven.”
Thank you for your kind comment. As you can tell, I’m definitely not a preacher, or overly knowledgeable about the Bible. That’s why it takes me so long to do my posts. I look EVERYTHING up to make sure it’s worded correctly. I do that because I have seen a few instances where a verse was misquoted or the right text wrong chapter and verse, that sort of thing. If I can notice them I KNOW a Pastor or seasoned or mature Christian that has studied the Word for many years notices. So I try to double check even when I know the scriptures, chapter and verse which I am citing. Anyway, your comment meant a lot to me. I appreciate it.
Don’t sell yourself short. Anyone who reads your blog can easily see that you take great care in putting it together. The Lord is using your ministry to help others. May the Lord continue to bless you.
Thank you for using my art to depict God’s Word. You are a constant encouragement to me. The Lord is using you and it’s such a blessing to me. I love you, sweetie.
It was a blessing being able to use your picture. Really added to the blog. Thanks again. Love ya