Third Week of Advent: Monday, December 16th

2 Corinthians 4:3–6

3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.  

The light that blinded Paul on the road to Damascus, the light that suddenly shone in people’s hearts when he went around the world announcing the gospel of Jesus, was like the light at the very beginning, at the creation of the world. ‘Let there be light,’ commanded the creator God, and there was light (Genesis 1:3): a light which, as John says (John 1:5), shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not been able to put it out. With Jesus, God’s new world comes into being. The gospel isn’t about a different god, someone other than the world’s original creator, but about the same creator God bringing new life and light to his world, the world where death and darkness have made their home and usurped his role. Paul summarizes God’s command in Genesis 1, in order to say: what happened to me that day, what happened to you when you believed, and what happens whenever anyone ‘turns to the Lord’ (3:16), is a moment of new creation (see 5:17).  That is how Paul has come to believe that Jesus, the Messiah, is the one who reflects the living God himself. Only the living God can shine the light of new creation; and when you look at Jesus, as Paul had, face to face, you realize that you are looking at God’s own glory. That gives you knowledge, knowledge of the innermost secrets of the universe, and God’s saving plan for it; and in that knowledge there is more than enough light to see the way through the dark world.*

Am I opening myself up to the light Jesus provides in the Gospels?
*Wright, T. (2004). Paul for Everyone: 2 Corinthians (pp. 40–41). London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge.

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