Day 38: The Light of the Lamb
The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. Revelation 21:23
The theme of Light in the scriptures goes from Genesis 1 all the way to Revelation 22. God said, “Let there be light,” and then pronounced it “good,” contrasting it throughout the Bible with darkness and evil, then proclaiming the Son as the Light of the World. Finally, in Revelation, we see that this Light personified illuminates the celestial city.
Our verse speaks of the glory of God giving it light, and the Lamb being the lamp. This is in keeping with scriptures revelation of the Son as the radiance of the Father—His outshining. Essentially glory is a display of some wonderful aspect of God—some evidence we see that tells us how marvelous He is. Jesus was sent as that revelation. He shines forth with the brilliance and splendor of the Godhead, helping us to see that which we, up to now, have been blinded. In His light we see the light of God.
Light signifies purity, goodness, understanding, life, favor, righteousness, healing, and presence. Since these are all found in Jesus and will no longer be veiled by the dimness of this fallen world, we will finally experience all these in abundance, unhindered, forever! The Lamb will be our light in every sense of the word! Where God once dwelled in unapproachable light, in that day we will be bask in it because the Light will be our Lamb, our righteousness, our Bridegroom, and He will draw us into His light.
• Have you ever had those experiences of distress in the searching light of God, those “Woe is me,” “Who of us can dwell with a consuming fire” times? Have they driven you away, or be a means of cleansing, even worship?
• What aspects of God as light are particularly meaningful to you?
• How often do you draw near to the Light for His conviction and cleansing? Is that something you need to do now?
Lord, You are, indeed, the light of life. You have brought me eternal life by revealing my need and Your provision. I rejoice in the light of Your presence and favor. I tremble in the light of Your searching and conviction. I am grateful for the light of Your salvation. I look forward to the day when I can see You in all Your glory, when with my new eyes, and clothed in Your righteousness, I will be able to behold the beauty of Your radianceand splendor.
by Sheri Cook, Director of Special Ministries