Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Fully Radiate to the Nations

Luke 2:32

New Living Translation (NLT)

 32 He is a light to reveal God to the nations,
      and he is the glory of your people Israel!”

This verse includes something familiar and something surprising to me.

I observe that Jesus is light (in fact, He calls himself the "light of the world" in John 8:12). As a man, he shined brightly and revealed God to the nations. He discipled others to do the same. ("You are the light of the world") He (as God) is the source of light according to John (1 John 1:5) that shines into our dark world revealing truth and exposing evil. He reveals God by shining to and for the nations. That's why Jesus came--to reveal God!

I also notice that Jesus is surprisingly called "the glory of Your people Israel." I expected it to say "the glory of God" for that is what He is. He's the radiance of God!

In addition to being the glory of God, Jesus is the glory of God's people Israel. He fully represents and illustrates humanity as God intended us to be. He is both the exact representation of God and the perfect example of a human child of that same God. No wonder He reveals God so well!

So what? Are there any take aways from this? At least one.

If we're following Jesus, we do what He does. What is that? We shine. We shine in full humanity that has been created anew in Christ Jesus. We shine or radiate as a human filled with God's glory. We fully radiate God's glory as the glory of His people.

And where do we radiate this light? "To the nations." To all people...around the corner and around the world.


Lord, help me shine and radiate Your glory in full humanity to exalt You and extend Your glory for the good of all people. In Jesus' name I pray, amen!