Shine Jesus Shine

On my walk to school in the morning I walk through Beverley Meadows, and this week as I have walked through I have felt like Dumbledore from Harry Potter and the Philosophers stone. It’s the time of year where I am leaving the house in the dark (and often returning home in the dark as well). As I walk it gets lighter and as I walk through Beverley meadows the street lamps go out. This is when I feel like Dumbledore when he is preparing the street for Hardin to drop off Harry at the Dursley’s house and he uses a deluminator to remove the lights from from the street lamps. Why was he using the deluminator? Because he was hiding, hiding what they were doing and hiding Harry’s identity. That’s what darkness allows us to do, it allows us to hide but it also stops us from seeing.

This week we are looking at the hymn Shine, Jesus, Shine, which starts off with the line Lord, the light of your love is shining, in the midst of the darkness shining. What is this light that is being spoken about? Throughout the Old Testament God had sent many prophets with many messages to the people, but although it made a difference everyone always went back to their ways – their ways of darkness.

The darkness being hiding from God, ignoring the truth, focussing on themselves. So God decided he needed to send light to the world, in fact, he needed to bring light to the world. So Jesus came to earth, the embodiment of God. He was seen as standing from before he was born, but once he started his ministry there was nothing but light. He didn’t just give a message from God he lived a message from God. He loved those who weren’t loved, he spoke to those no one else would speak to, he challenged what the worship of God had become.

The light that Jesus gave shone, and it changed people’s perspectives. The light that Jesus gave was a reflection of God the Father. People could see that light, they then had a choice to follow that light and reflect that light or to hide from the light. We have the same option today.

In 2 Corinthians it says “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.”

Each of us has the light of God in our hearts. Do we choose to see that, and reflect that to the world, or do we chose to ignore it? It’s not actually an easy decision, and even Jesus struggled with it. After all, quite often the light of God, the light of love goes against what society tells us is acceptable. Jesus made a lot of enemies from the people who did not want to see the light, they were more comfortable in the dark.

 If we can make enemies why would we choose to reflect God’s love. Simply because God first loved us, by experiencing the love of God for ourselves, and in our lives, we will not only want to reflect God’s love to others but we won’t be able to help it.

The deluminator is a powerful tool but darkness is only a lack of light and we are probably all capable of performing actions which act as deluminator for God’s light, how much more powerful is illuminating the world with the love of God.

Challenge: what actions do you do that might act as deluminator for God’s love? What actions can you do to reflect God’s love?

Prayer: thank you God for the love that you have for us, thank you for the light that came when Jesus came to the earth. Help us to reflect your light to the world. Amen

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