Associate Pastor Matthew Pillman

“…that the Christ must suffer and that, by being the first to rise from the dead, he would proclaim light both to our people and to the Gentiles.”   Acts 26:23

One of my childhood memories is spelunking (amateur caving). My five siblings and I would search along creek bottoms for holes in the ground. Once discovered, we would crawl in with flashlights and string to investigate. Sometimes the holes only continued for a few feet, but we did find a few caves that continued underground for 200’.

If you have ever toured a cave, you have likely seen the total darkness when you turn off all of the lights. There is absolutely no way to see anything. There are many stories in history where people die while exploring a cave because they lose their light source. Light is their source of life. Darkness is their source of death.

There are many people around us every day who live (and die) in darkness. The great apostle and evangelist named Paul was saved from darkness by light. In Acts 26 he recounts his conversion stating, “I saw on the way a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, that shone around me and those who journeyed with me.” (Acts 26:13) From this light Jesus spoke to Paul. Jesus told Paul that he was chosen for a special purpose. Jesus was sending Paul to the Gentiles “to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive the forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.” (Acts 26:18)

Notice that light and darkness in the spiritual sense is also a matter of life and death. Darkness represents the power of Satan. Like the darkness of a cave, Satan’s power leads to death. Light represents God’s way. Jesus declared Himself as the “light of life.” (John 8:12) Like a flashlight in a cave, Jesus provides that way to eternal life in Him. In fact, that is the meaning of Easter. In Acts 26, Paul declares that Jesus rose from the dead so that “He would proclaim light.” (Acts 26:23)

We have recently celebrated Good Friday and Easter. We should ask ourselves: How does the reality of Jesus’ resurrection impact your life? Will you be like the Apostle Paul? Will you carry the Light of the World to the dark and dying world? Remember, light overpowers darkness; darkness cannot overpower the Light!

Bearing Christ’s Light,     Matthew Pillman