May 13, 2010
When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." John 8:12
Over the years my travels have taken me to many Old World churches and cathedrals.
Sometimes these places were well-maintained; other times the walls and ceilings reflected the darkening of soot from centuries of burning candles.
The interiors of those buildings may need a cleaning, but the candles lit by the faithful are a beautiful reminder of prayers sent by believing souls -- prayers which are heard by a loving Lord.
Sadly, there are times when people would like to light a candle but they are unable to do so because they can't make it to their favorite church. Maybe they are too sick; maybe the weather is too bad; maybe they live too far away. It is a sadness for these souls.
Responding to the candle-lighting need, David Dona and Marcos Rodriguez have come up with an invention. They have set up computer screens in various churches, and these computer screens are connected to the Internet. If you want to light a candle, go online, pick your church, pay your money (about $2), and a video "candle" is lit in the church of your choice.
That's one way to bring light to the world. Sadly, it is temporary and it is pretend.
When the Heavenly Father promised to send His Son into this sinful world, He committed Himself to giving us the real light -- the light of salvation which would be everlasting and real.
Understand this light could not be generated by giving the computer your credit card, or by making a withdrawal on PayPal.
The light of Jesus came into a world that didn't want Him. It's a world which preferred the darkness -- a world which would hate and kill Him. Even so, Jesus gave Himself completely and fully to the task of saving us. Now, because of His work, His sacrifice, His carrying of our sins, and His victory over sin, death, and the devil, all who believe are saved.
We are saved and our lives are lived walking in the light given by the sacrificial Savior. Now, by the Holy Spirit's power and influence we are given grace to reflect that light into the darkness which still envelops so many who are lost.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, the world has all kinds of lights. There are solar lights, electric lights, and lights powered by battery. Still nothing can compare with the light of Jesus, the Savior. He is the light whose brilliance can touch the darkest of hearts and bring forgiveness to the blackest of souls. May I do all I can to share this living light with others. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries