The Lamp on a lamp stand
A few years ago when hurricane Iva came through our part of the state and we were without power for a few days we used an heirloom that I inherited from my great grandparents- a lantern that they used to light their home with. It is amazing how much light that lantern gave off. Today as you read Mark 4:21-25 please keep in mind that Jesus is the Lamp-the Light that has come into the world. (John 8:12) Here Jesus was once again teaching this small group, including his twelve disciples what it means to follow him. Jesus now ask this small group a double question: “Is a lamp brought in to be put under a basket, or under a bed, and not on a stand?” We know that a lamp is to be put on a stand. Even when we lit the later in our home we put it on the island of the kitchen so that it could light the whole room. When that lamp was placed where it was there was nothing in the dark anymore. Jesus’ ministry on earth was veiled for a short period of time so that he could accomplish the mission that the Father had sent him to accomplish. His mission was to seek and to save sinners from their sins. He says, “For nothing is hidden except to be made manifest; nor is anything secret except to come to light.” As we step back and look at the big picture of the Bible, God has revealed himself to the patriarch’s as “God Almighty”, to Moses and Israel he revealed himself as “I Am who I Am.” As a person read through the first part of the Bible we see that God has revealed himself as one God, yet three distinct personalities. God the Father gave a promise to Israel that a child would be born, a son would be given and that the weight of the government would be on his shoulders. (Isaiah 9:6-7) When Christ Jesus was born God manifested himself as fully God and fully human at the same time. Now what was hidden before has now been brought to light and the religious leaders are struggling with Jesus, his teachings and yet his works are validating that he is teaching the truth. As he teaches the secret thoughts of people are being revealed. Those whom the Father has given to Jesus have come to him and are learning from him. He calls them to pay attention to this principle: “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you and still more will be added to you.” The more a person appropriates the truth of Jesus’ teaching in their lives the more they will grow as his disciple and receive his provision. The more they reject Jesus and his teaching the less they will receive from him. Are you paying attention to what the Lord is saying to you through his word?