The Truth and The Light

A little over 2000 years ago, John the Baptizer was the forerunner, sent to prepare the way for Jesus of Nazareth. As a result of his teachings, multitudes, turned away from sin to serve God. They were immersed in water, baptized, for the forgiveness of their sins (Mark 1:2-5)

But John cautioned that he himself was not the light, but that he was preparing the way for the One who was the light, " the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.” (Luke 1:78-79)

John said this of Jesus: "In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." (John 1:4-5)

As Christians, we are told to spread the Gospel Message, which would certainly be lighting up dark places with the Word of Christ. (2 Peter 1:19) In fact, the very message of salvation is called light in scripture.

The thought today is simply this: The wisdom of this world is foolishness according to God (1 Cor 3:19), so it would be impossible for us to consider that as light. Yet our world seeks that as their source of enlightenment, as did men in time of old. Those that held the liberal religious views in Jesus' day were told "Are you not therefore mistaken, because you do not know the Scriptures nor the power of God?” (Mark 12:24). Is mankind any different today?

If we are not seeking our wisdom in scripture, we need to be extremely careful what we take as truth, because it is only found in Christ, His Word, and His teachings. If we seek the philosophy and theology of human wisdom, thinking it is light, we certainly do ourselves a disservice.