"In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”
In the last blog, we looked at the question “What will become of this child?” A fitting question since Jesus came into the world with such promise, a savior for kings and shepherds, a light for the whole world, the consolation of suffering people everywhere. All this promise, all this hope from the emergence of one small life 2,000 years ago.
We also heard that the fulfillment of this promise would not be easy. The same prophet who proclaimed Jesus as the salvation of the world, also warned that Jesus would be the cause of the rise and fall of many, suggesting that there would be those who would stand against Jesus and try to silence him and take his life. But even through Jesus’ persecution and death, hope was born again on the morning of the resurrection!
So Christmas has now come and gone. And Jesus, of course, has come and gone. We are left with the question – “What will become of us?” The answer comes from Jesus himself – “You are the light of the world”.
This is the power of the incarnation, the epiphany, the resurrection, the gospel story. God came into the world with new light, so that we would also be light. We follow in the very footsteps of Jesus and are therefore empowered to shine light into the darkness, to bring hope to the hopeless, joy to the joyless, expose evil and oppression in the world, and most importantly, I think, to bring love to the loveless.
It won’t be easy. Even our attempts to bring love in the name of Jesus may not be welcomed. Our attempts to expose evil will certainly bring challenges, and perhaps outright condemnation and persecution. But, it is what the Spirit of Epiphany, the Spirit of Light, the Spirit of Christ calls and demands of us – that our light shines to the world, and should never be hidden. It is not our light, but the light of Christ that shines through us and brings glory to God. A light that cannot be extinguished by the world’s darkness.
What will become of us? There’s no worry here. Jesus has claimed us, called us and sent us to be new light for the world. God has the last word, always.
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Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church (GA) in New York City has been chosen as one of eight internship congregations to participate this year in a church-wide initiative designed to increase our understanding of Holy Scripture and most importantly, to cultivate our engagement with it. In partnership with The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, Vicar John Heidgerd will be working to develop innovative ways to deepen our faith formation and sense of discipleship for the sake of ourselves and our communities.