who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, - Hebrews 11.3
We have looked several times at how this whole world is locked in the darkness of sin. As we look around we see all kinds of evidence of that truth. People are openly doing things that were a shame to speak of just a few years ago. The darkness is causing people to wander and stumble and do all kinds of insane things because they don't have any path or any direction.
A few (read 'a lot') of years ago I had made Eagle Scout and was up for the initiation for something called the Order of the Arrow. As part of that exercise we had a survival night and we had to move to a certain point without any light. It was cloudy night and I remember theutter darkness and how hard it was to go in the right direction. I tripped and stumbled and fell and went the wrong way. It was a mess.
That is where the world is today. They are on that dark trail with no light, so they try every direction trying to find their way.
And people stumble and fall and make mistakes because of the darkness.
But Jesus came as the brightness of the glory of the Godhead into this dark world. He is the perfect impression of all of the Godhead. He came to provide the light of salvation to this dark, dark world.
When we see people in darkness rather than condemn and hate and ridicule ought we not to show them the brightness of the glory of God in Christ? If I had had a light on the trail all those years ago it would have saved me all kinds of trouble.
People are on that dark trail today. We have all the brightness everyone needs.
Let's share that brightness with all those around us.