What started gradually in December at the Winter Solstice, gains momentum through the Spring with the greatest amount of change being noticed during March (the Vernal Equinox). The pinnacle will occur during the Summer Solstice. What I am referring to is the amount of daylight that we are able to enjoy. During the winter, morning barn chores begin and evening chores conclude in the dark. Strategically placed lights help with this process, but when daylight comes, everything is navigated so much easier. Light makes all the difference.
Our theme for this upcoming summer at the Ranch is “Walking in the Light”. We’re focusing on I John 1 which tells us – “This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”
This is such a rich passage, and I’m excited for us to be memorizing and meditating on it. In the Gospel of John, he tells us about the nature of God. Other gospel writers tell us about what God did and also what Christ, who is God, did and said. John however focuses also on who He is; His character. God IS light. John tells us in his gospel “God is spirit” and further on he tells us that “God is love”.
Scripture is filled with references to light, and we celebrate that light is life. John 1 instructs us regarding Jesus that; “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” He goes on to tell us that Jesus was “the true Light which gives light to every man.” He grants that light to us, but it is conveyed to us through the Lord Jesus Christ. This is salvation!
Paul tells us in II Corinthians 4:6 “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.”
Through the light of the Gospel comes eternal life. So as the days grow longer, may we be encouraged to celebrate the Light of Life; Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.