Worship: Jesus is the Light

We have passed through the door and eaten at the table of bread so far in our journey through the Old Testament tabernacle. The tabernacle is where the people of God would have gone through the rituals to worship. Over the month on the blog, we have learned we worship what we find worthy. We’ve also seen that our bodies are now the “tabernacle,” the dwelling place of God. I pray these truths illuminate your understanding of worship!

As we continue the journey, our next stop reveals what illuminates the tabernacle. In Leviticus 24:2-3  we learn that the only source of light in the room is the golden lampstand. Imagine a dark, quiet room filled with the things of God. Each piece revealed from shadows by a single source of light. This single source of light, which burned continually, represents a greater Light! A true light that draws us out of darkness and reveals the mysteries of God! Let’s read John 1:1-4;9:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men…The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 

  • -Who was in the beginning? With who?
  • -Who was God?
  • -What was in him?
  • -What was the life?
  • -According to verse 9, what was the true light doing and where was it?

Just to give some clarity as to who this true light might be, let’s read John 8:12:

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” 

  • -What does Jesus say that he is? What is the result?

“Science tells us that light is constituted of three rays, or groups of wavelengths, distinct from each other, no one of which without the others would be light. Each ray has its own separate function. The first originates, the second formulates, illuminates or manifests, and the third consummates. The first ray, often called invisible light, is neither seen nor felt. The second is both seen and felt. The third is not seen but is felt as heat.”

—Christian Victory[1]

Like this illustration, God has never been seen but has been manifested in Jesus, the light of the world, and its affects are deeply felt by His Spirit.

As we meditate on these truths and how the light within the tabernacle represented Jesus the Light, we must ask ourselves how this impacts the way we do life.

  • -How does the light bring life?
  • -How does it enlighten an understanding of God?
  • -How is he felt today?

There are many questions to ask, however, let’s not find our worth in the darkness but in the true light, Jesus Christ!

Be sure to read our past blogs as well as our next blog that will look at Jesus as our High Priest! Until then, please look at the no homework study “Living a Life of True Worship” and see if you would want to discover truth for yourself!

[1] Tan, P. L. (1996). Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations: Signs of the Times (p. 740). Garland, TX: Bible Communications, Inc.

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