Today I want to share with you some choice thoughts from the Puritan writer John Owens, as quoted by Tim Challies on his blog. Note the startling implications following each positive statement.
A list of seven things that Christ is:
- He is the Way; men without him are Cains, wanderers, vagabonds:—
- He is the Truth; men without him are liars, like the devil, who was so of old:—
- He is the Life; without him men are dead, dead in trespasses and sins :—
- He is the Light; without him men are in darkness, and go they know not whither:—
- He is the Vine; those that are not grafted in him are withered branches, prepared for the fire:—
- He is the Rock; men not built on him are carried away with a flood:—
- He is Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, the author and the ender, the founder and the finisher of our salvation.
It reminds me of an old song from the ‘70s:
Men are trying to find the answers to the questions that never cease
They find in life there’s something missing; they are looking for release
And the way to peace.
He is the way; without Him there’s no going
He is the truth; without Him there’s no knowing
He is the life now and eternally
He satisfies the searching heart and fills men with His love so rich and free!
This morning we were sitting in a hospital hallway, waiting to see a doctor in his office. I was reading and my husband was doing a word puzzle, when suddenly someone turned on the light. Wow! We had no idea how dark it had been before.
Do you suppose people “sitting in darkness” spiritually may be totally unaware of the light they’re missing? Getting along okay, satisfied with their lives, oblivious to what richness, satisfaction and delight they’re missing?
I came so that everyone would have life, and have it in its fullest. John 10:10
The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light.
And for those who lived in the land where death casts its shadow,
a light has shined.” (Matthew 4:16)
Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus!
A diamond is most effectively displayed against a black background.
Total darkness is needed in order to see the stars in all their glory.
This gem shines in the center of the bleakest of books, as Jeremiah wept over the total devastation of his beloved land:
The faithful love of the LORD never ends!
His mercies never cease.
Great is his faithfulness;
his mercies begin afresh each morning. (Lamentations 3:22-23)
And Habakkuk’s triumphal climax arises from a scenario of total ruin:
Even though the fig trees have no blossoms,
and there are no grapes on the vines;
even though the olive crop fails,
and the fields lie empty and barren;
even though the flocks die in the fields,
and the cattle barns are empty,
yet I will rejoice in the LORD!
I will be joyful in the God of my salvation! (3:17-18)
Lord, help me to remember that my little candle can make a bigger difference as the darkness closes in around us. May it shine brightly until the dawn of Your return!