The light inside!
Scripture reading for March 18th: Luke 11
“No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead he puts it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light. Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are good, your whole bod also is full of light. But when they are bad, your body also is full of darkness. See to it then, that the light within you is not darkness.” (Luke 11:33-35) Jesus had declared that He was the ‘Light of the World’ and that those who listened to Him would not walk in darkness but have the light of life. (John 8:12)
In order to have light in our bodies, we must have eyes that can see. Jesus declared that the eye was the lamp of the body. A lamp brings light when it is allowed to illuminate an area. Taking a lamp and hiding it under a bowl would do no good! The lamp must be placed in a prominent place where it’s light would drive out darkness. Likewise, bad eyes fill the body with darkness.
Jesus used this simple teaching to illustrate our need to place Jesus in a prominent place in our vision. Jesus alone can bring light to our lives and illuminate our eyes and our whole body. Jesus warned those who heard him about the possibility that the ‘light within’ could really be darkness. This speaks of our understanding of who Jesus is. If we relegate Jesus to being just a good man or a teacher or even a prophet, the light in us is still darkness. He alone is the Son of God and Light of the world!