Dec 28, 2012
The world is a dark place, but there is a Light that shines brighter than any lighthouse and can save any battered vessel from being smashed against the rocks of sin. The light of Jesus will always take you out the darkness of selfishness, evil, fear, confusion, bondage, and dead religion. There are many false lights who say, “Look to me. Listen to me. Follow me.” But as we heed the voice of false lights we only go deeper into the darkness.
When Moses built the Temple, he followed God’s pattern. There was an outer court which had the natural light of the sun; there was the inner court which had the light of the Menorah; there was the holy of holies which had the light of the glory of God.
The glory of God was the light of His presence. The light that Jesus brings to us can only come from His presence within us. Jesus said that His light is the light of life. He lights up the deepest place within us—where we live, move, and have our being. When His light is in us we are spiritually alive. His light in us means that every step we take is a step of life. Following His light doesn’t rob us, it restores us; it doesn’t weaken us, it strengthens us; it doesn’t sadden us, it gladdens us.
For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:6 NKJV
by Roy Lessin
Labels: John 8:12
Dec 24, 2012
Garments for the King
"All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad." (Psalm 45:8)
One of the most beautiful of the Christmas hymns (though rarely sung at Christmas) is "Out of the Ivory Palaces," telling how the King of heaven left His heavenly home and laid aside His perfumed, royal clothing to enter "a world of woe." That this 45th Psalm is symbolic in part is obvious; but that it refers to Christ is also obvious from its use in Hebrews 1:8: "But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom," quoting Psalm 45:6.
That the eternal King left heaven to come to earth is not symbolic, however, but very real; nor did He have royal robes in which to be arrayed, for they "wrapped
Him in swaddling clothes" and laid Him "in a manger" (Luke 2:12).
Then, as He later walked the dusty roads of Judea, we know little of what He wore, but we do know that on one notable occasion, He "laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. . . . and began to wash the disciples’ feet" (John 13:4-5). A strange garment, and stranger action, for the King of glory!
Yet stranger still that men whom He had created, later "took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat. . . . but cast lots for it" (John 19:23-24), leaving Him naked to die a painful death spiked to a tree. Finally, His little remnant of friends took "the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes" (John 19:40) for His burial.
Now, however, in glory, He once again is arrayed in kingly apparel, "clothed with a garment down to the foot, and . . . with a golden girdle" (Revelation 1:13), and one day, all His redeemed shall see Him--in His beauty--the King in whose law we delight! HMM
~Creation Research Institute~
Labels: Garments for the King