“The Light Of The World”
Preaching by: Pastor Bong Puyat
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 4:5-7 For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 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.But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
Not My Light, But His
When we proclaim the Lordship of Jesus, the light of God is continuously seen in us. Whether we are in the church, at home, or at work. In all that we do, and everything we achieve, it is God who is working “behind the scenes” – the great orchestrator, who created and continues to enable us.
Being the light of this world means that we understand that it is not our light, but His alone. It means that in everything we go through, may it be in defeat or accomplishment, we recognise that it is all because of Christ.
“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” 2 Corinthians 4:6-7
“I am the vine you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5
Our lives are completely dependent to the Lord. A branch cannot function when detached form the Vine- the source of its sap and nourishment. So are we, we cannot function and bear fruits apart from Him. We need to be connected to our Lord Jesus. He is the very reason why we live and move and have our being.
But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so, the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him. Jeremiah 18:4
“We are containers into which God poured His light.”
The Purpose Of His Light
The movie “Hacksaw Ridge” depicts the life of Desmond Doss, a devout follower of Christ during World War II who volunteered as a medic to serve his country. He was mocked and ridiculed because of his dedication to Christ and his belief of going into war without carrying any firearms. Having faced with all the discouragements, he was able to save 75 soldiers on his own and he did it without ever carrying a weapon.
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, whichGod prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, Hebrews 10:24
“The hallmark of Christianity is showing good deeds.”
“The greatest formula as we proclaim Jesus Christ is His love, nothing else.”
John Was A Lamp That Burned and Gave Light
John stood for Jesus
John the Baptist, knowing the sins and wrongdoings of Herod, one of the tetrarchs, stood up and rebuked these acts knowing that it would mean trouble, even at the cost of his life, to oppose someone in power. He knew that who he was up against was no greater than who he stood up for – Jesus our Messiah.
John stood up for righteousness
But when John rebuked Herod the tetrarch because of his marriage to Herodias, his brother’s wife, and all the other evil things he had done, Herod added this to them all: He locked John up in prison. Luke 3:19-20
As representatives of Christ in this present day, where “Compromised Christianity” is rampant, it is of utmost importance that we take a stand on what is right and Biblical. We should bear in mind that there’s no “middle ground” or “grey area” in our faith if we are to be the light of the world.