Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow Me you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to light.” John 8:12
Sky Jethani in his book, The Divine Commodity, writes about Ghassan Thomas, a pastor in Baghdad. Thomas’ newly established congregation placed a sign on their building that read, “Jesus Is The Light of the World.” Not long afterward, someone trashed the church and replaced the sign with “Jesus is not the light of the world, Allah is, and you have been warned.” The message was signed “The Islamic Shiite Party”.
Pastor Ghassan responded by driving to the Islamic Shiite Party headquarters in a van loaded with gifts for children and critically needed medical supplies for those injured in war. He told the Sheikh, “Christians have love for you, because our God is a God of love.” Then, after having received permission he read John 8:12.
After showing the Sheikh the sign the vandals had left, the Muslim leaders apologized. “This will not happen again. You are my brother. If anyone comes to kill you, it will be my neck first,” he promised.
Sometime later, when the church ordained Thomas, guess who attended? The Sheikh!
Ghassan Thomas brought the light of Jesus Christ into a dark situation. Jesus is Light. His followers reflect His light.
In I Thessalonians 5:5-8, the apostle Paul clearly states that followers of Christ are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.
ARPC – let’s live today in the Light and as Light of a community/world that desperately needs it or
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