December 21st, 2009

I made an allusion in the Candlelighting sermon to a Ravi Zacharias quote passed on to me by Chris Van Allsburg.  Given our Advent/Christmas theme of light, it seems appropriate to share this quote (edited for length) with you as this week’s devotional –

The greatest pursuit of the Hebrews was light.  “The Lord is my light and my salvation.”  “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”  “The people that have sat in darkness have seen a great light.”

The pursuit of the Greeks was knowledge.  The university and the scholar was central to Greek culture.

The pursuit of the Roman was glory.  Nothing had matched the glory of Rome. Nothing had matched the splendor of that so-called eternal city. We know it wasn’t built in a day – and all roads led to it

The Hebrew was pursuing light, The Greek was pursuing knowledge, The Roman was pursuing glory, and the apostle Paul knowing that, and inspired by God’s word in 2 Corinthian’s 4:6 says this:

“For God who said let light shine out of darkness, made His light to shine in our hearts, by giving to us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ Jesus our Lord” (emphasis added).

The point?  Whatever you need, whatever you think you must pursue, it is fulfilled in the coming of Jesus Christ.

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