3rd February 2019

Light of the world...

Simeon and Anna were both led by the Holy Spirit to meet Jesus when he came with Mary and Joseph to be presented to God in the Temple. They both recognised him immediately as their Saviour. Simeon declared that he could die in peace having seen the Messiah. We can almost sense his sigh of relief and joy. To see Jesus was to see God’s salvation.  As part of his proclamation he said that Jesus would be the light to reveal God to the gentiles, and to open up the way to salvation for all humanity, which means all of us.

In the painting called ‘The Light of the World’ by Holman Hunt we see Christ bathed in light, knocking at a door representing our hearts and lives.  If we open the door to Christ and let him into our lives, he will illuminate the darkness as we follow him into the light. By following him, trusting him and developing a deep relationship with him, when we do stumble into the darkness of doubt or sin, he will be there to illuminate our way back to the path.  Jesus said: ‘I am the Light of the World. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but have the light of life’. (John 8:12)

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