Before docking ports were built, seafarers were guided by blazing fires on hilltops. Since raising flames higher would improve visibility, men began placing burning contents on taller platforms. As a result, these early implementations ushered in the development of lighthouses. In antiquity, the towered beam functioned both as entrance markers and warning signals. Likewise; as lighthouses directed mariners to safety, our Light shelters us (Psalm 91). Simply by trusting Jesus, we’re wealthy—not in personal possessions, but, rich in oneness with the Light “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you” (Isaiah 60:1 ESV).
In the beginning God, who said ‘let there be light,’ sent the Light of the world to collide with and overtake evil. However, the natural man is incapable of receiving spiritual insight. He lacks capacity for supernatural things (1 Corinthians 2:14). Yet, believers are called ‘sons of light’ (Luke 16:8), because the New Birth allows room for divine illumination. Besides, dark desolation cannot stop nor overrule its’ out-streaming power “In him was life, and the life was the light of men…the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:4-5 ESV). Even man’s depravity or sin failure cannot frustrate Gods’ decree. Wonderful as that is, there’s more. This same Light descended quietly, carried by the virgin, and rewrote Eden’s history “I am the Light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the Light of life” (John 8:12 ESV). A shining beacon brightens our pathway and delivered us out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9).
This means, as Christ-followers, we’re a lighthouse for others “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden” (Matthew 5:14 ESV). At a time in our nation when we need enlightenment the most, we know His light penetrates deeper than knowledge of the wisest. For example, an indescribable radiance shone all over Saul [Paul] while traveling the Damascus road. This force of energy blinded his eyes, that he might see.
We rejoice today, knowing that the Light is alive. Namely, the effervescent One lay upon Mary’s breast, suffered, died, and placed in a tomb that could not hold Him. Bursting Life came forth, opening prison doors and setting men free “The people living in darkness have seen a great light…in the shadow of death, light is sprung up” (Matthew 4:16 Complete Jewish Bible). Hide it under a bushel? No. I’m gonna let it shine. Won’t let Satan blow it out. No. I’m gonna let it shine. Let it shine ’til Jesus comes? Yes. I’m gonna let it shine. You?