Jesus, the Hope and Light of the World..

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness, a light has dawned.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”  

Isaiah 9:2,6

Peace and good to all.

If I may share my personal reflection on the above passage from the Book of Isaiah.

It is Christmas Day today and after I read on the above Bible verse and reflected on it, I know right away that I need to write. 

Christmas is hope, expectation and anticipation. Christmas gives us hope that with the birth of Jesus, light will replace darkness for Jesus Christ Himself is the light of the world. 

Yes, there is darkness,  yes there is a valley of death, yes they exist, but they were overcame by the Light of World, who is Jesus. 

To know Jesus and to have personal relationship with him is to bring light to your life. If your life is covered by shadows, of darkness, of illness and sorrow, there is hope in Him who can dispel the darkness, sorrows, illness and shadows in your life. All you need is to introduce Jesus, the light of this world in your life and have faith. 

“On those living in the land of deep darkness, a light has dawned.”  

I once been in there, in deep darkness of life, and no amount of material possession and of privileges that I enjoyed, and no matter what kind of relationship I was into, could give me peace. For at the end of the day then, there was this void in my heart in search of something or of someone who can fill this void. There was no peace then in my heart. It was always troubled. 

Yes, my world before Jesus was indeed a dark place. But even during those darkest moments of my life, Jesus was there, holding my hands to carry on, to hang on and it was just lately that I discovered that those hands of Him were meant to take me to the path towards His direction. The light who is Jesus had come to dispel the darkness that have overshadowed me. Praise the Lord!

Life after the introduction of Jesus in my life is not easy as well. It was not a bed full of roses. The beast is just around the corner, ready to devour my spirit. Temptations, ruined family relationships, illness, sorrow, trials and many more will be his ways, I fought them by my faith with Jesus,  as John 16:33 says:  

 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Life with Jesus does not stop in introducing and accepting Him in your life. As believers of Christ, we have a mission and that is to spread the good news of salvation. To make Jesus known to the world for while the world may know about Jesus, they are still living a life without Him if they do not know Him actually, that is if they have not accepted and do not have a personal relationship with Him yet. 

Walk out of the darkness and into the light, my friends, turn to Christ. 

Merry Christmas and God be with you.

What you feed your eyes, rules your heart..

   “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light.But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” 

Matthew 6:22-23

Peace and good to all.

If I may share my thoughts on the above gospel.

When Jesus spoke of our eye as the lamp of our body, I think He meant our eyes to be the windows by which light or darkness enters our body. Thus, He spoke of healthy and unhealthy eyes and how they affect our entire body. Whatever we feed our eyes, grows into our hearts and affects our bodies. They affect our perspective in life and how we deal with life situations.  

When we feed our eyes with the word of God by reading the Bible regularly, we read the story of our Lord and  His teachings; we become immersed on His life and of His love for us; we learn of God’s holiness and goodness; we, then learn to apply the word of God in our daily lives. Believe me it is a life full of light. A life of no fear, because you know you have your protector and you have Jesus as your shepherd. A life where you shine because your are with the source of light – Jesus. 

Notice those who have fed their eyes with earthly and mundane things like pornography. Look at their computers, look at their houses and rooms and notice how they speak and deal with people, it was full of sexuality and pornography, because what they feed their eyes is manifested in their lives. Look how dark their lives are. 

Others feed their eyes with material possessions like bags, jewelry,  cars, movies, work, career, etc. These are, however, not inherently bad, but if we have not learned to balance it,  such that, they have preoccupied our eyes and minds already,  that we have forgotten to feed our eyes with the word of God and with Jesus Himself, our eyes get crowded by these material stuff and consequently blinded us toward Jesus. Be careful my friends. This is the work of the devil in order for us to be in the darkness, to remain in the darkness or to be back in the darkness. Do not be fooled. Success can even make a person blind towards Jesus.  All that glitters is not gold. Beware. 

Think about this:  you have sacrificed not to read the Bible today but you did not  miss your meal or the morning news or reading the newsfeed in your social media account. You missed praying and praising God and talking to Him today but did not  miss your work and your deadlines. Is it not embarrassing to God?  We are so busy building treasures here on earth but have sacrificed our personal relationship with the One who gave all of those to us. We are all guilty of these my friends, but we can always correct ourselves if we want our light to continuously shine in our lives.

Jesus is the light. He is the source of light. But people opted to be in the dark than be in the light, because they would not want others to know their sins; because they would not want to be taken out from the sin. This is pitiful. I used be blind  but after I have accepted Christ as my saviour, my Lord, my Protector and my Everything, I can now see.  I praise our Lord Jesus Christ,  for these new eyes.. 

Again, whatever we feed our eyes, rule our hearts and our minds. Fill them up with the words of God, regularly, everyday. Start with Jesus first, start with His words before you see the outside world and you will be guided all the days of your life.