‘God put a million-million doors in the world for His Love to walk through, one of those doors is you…with every act of Love we bring the Kingdom Come’…Jason Gray, “With Every Act of Love”
I have a birthday in April. That’s my excuse for introducing you to my mother. Josephine Mariah Holmes Anderson. My mother is XCI years old and doing very well. She still attends the WBVN concerts and has only had to miss a handful of the 160 events over the years. My mother is one of the most influential people in my life. Every time I make a decision to do the right thing, when at the same time, I don’t ‘feel’ much like doing the right thing, I think of mother. She’s taught me, in her quiet way, as much as any book, tape, or conference. A true example of stability and consistency, she has always known how to be strong when she feels weak, be calm when others would panic and she’s endured more than her share of hardship with a Godly dignity and grace. She’s a hero to me. If I could choose from a whole world of moms, I would want her to be my mom; I would choose her above all the others. No one loves or appreciates life more than my mom.
‘Josie’ brought me forth. Yep, if it wasn’t for her and my father, no me. Whether bringing me forth was good or whether they should be blamed for that, I’ll have to leave for others to decide. But her unique genetics and my father’s unique genetics created something unlike any other combination on earth. I’ve seen people that look alike, but never have I met anyone that is just like anyone else. Truly, each child is unique and special in the eyes of God and it would be in His will that all would be saved and come to the knowledge of God and all have unique purpose in His Kingdom.
There’s a little lesson in the experience of every mom and every child. God, in His Wisdom, brought forth a Son through Mary. Mary, a common, real life, human mom! Mary simply said yes to the Father and a miracle happened. All our mothers and fathers met in a similar agreement and miracles were brought forward. The Father always shows us something about Christ through the simple pattern in the lives of His creatures. He shows us in the physical what He has or is doing in the Spiritual. Doing so makes it easier for us to learn and understand Him.
Have you ever studied the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah? At the beginning of that festival the female of the household is chosen to bring a candle into the room and light a nine branched Menorah. She lights the center post, the ‘most-high’ post, it being above all the other 8 branches. As the festival progresses over that 8 day span, each day another branch is lit, all from the light of that center post. In the Jewish language it’s said that the woman is ‘nerot’ (or lighting) and it’s a role specifically reserved for her. It’s believed that the lightings tradition began with Sarah, followed by Rebecca after Sarah’s death, and handed down to the lady of the house ever since. By having the woman of the house bring forth the light, it is a typology of Mary bringing forth the Light of the world; a prophesy of what was to come in Isaiah’s scripture of the virgin birth. She brings the light into the room and establishes it in the highest position. All the other light that shines during the holiday comes and depends upon that original, most center Light. That’s what should be going on in our lives; all believers should be a source of that highest Light shining Him into our little part of the earth. To me, here are two things happening, people are either throwing trash down or they are picking up the trash; they are part of the problem or part of the solution. Jesus simplified it further saying that there were only two kinds of people, ones that were for him or those opposed to him. Each person is one or the other whether they recognize it or not.
That same picture of God, showing the essence of Christ as Light of the world, is shown in the physical world by the simple relationship of the sun and the moon. The sun is the source of light for the moon; the moon cannot produce the night time light without the sun shining on its surface. The moon would be as black as the night sky if the sun was not illuminating it. The moon simply reflects another’s light. Believers are the same. They have no light of their own, at least no meaningful light. If we have any Light at all, anything we reflect should be with Him as the Source. Reflecting His Light is the only thing about our lives that has the potential for impacting people’s lives, i.e., it’s Him not us that has the power to change. The Greek actually distinguishes Light and light by two different words. One is Light not derived from anything, absolute Light, a Light with no other source. The other identifies a light-giver and is always a light reflected and derived from something other than itself. In Heaven, the source of the light of the Heavenly City is a light reflected from another source, that source which is the Lamb. Even Jesus could declare that he was nothing but a reflection of His Father, only doing what he saw the Father doing.
Christ has been declared the Light of the world. In the original language, ‘He is the Light of the cosmos’. He is not just the Light of our world/earth (Milky Way Galaxy), He’s the Light of all the galaxies. He is not just the Way to live but the Thing that holds the whole of creation in order and in check. Believing in Him creates a union with the Way, the Truth and the Life of everything that exists! If that’s not true then Jesus’ testimony is a bizarre claim; if it is true it’s so profound that it should overwhelm the way we act about what we believe, how we live. Unifying with Him gives us a way to live that provides order in an un-orderly world.
Even the hard-headed, the hard-hearted, can, if they look, discover the story of Christ in our everyday lives. Mary brought forth the Savior of the world. Through her, a young Jewish maiden, came the Light of the cosmos! In the natural world, each mom, by bringing forth life, gives the world an opportunity to have the Gospel shared. Those million-million children-doors can permit God to live through them, share His Love, or they can reject Him and never reflect anything of God. Nonetheless, the opportunity for Christ to be shared in this world comes from the simple birth of a child. Just as at Hanukkah, the Light of the cosmos continues to be shared by mothers of this world. Every birth is loaded with potential to take this Message and Love forward. Some will, some will not. In the heart of God, all were created to that purpose; all were to be converted into the very image of God. We were not purposed to be right, but to share, to reflect the Love of God and be captured by His Righteousness. If we will, every child can carry that Light from our center, the source of our light: Christ Jesus. As we decrease, He increases and the Light of the cosmos can shine brilliantly, obviously, into the earth.