CHRIST THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD.
I. AS Abraham said to Isaac on his way to Mount Moriah, "God,"
my son, "will provide himself a lamb for the burnt offering," so has it come
to pass. In order to the redemption of man from sin and all its penal
consequences, God has provided a lamb, for a sin offering. He sent his Son,
who on coming into the world, said, "Sacrifice and offering thou wouldst
not, but a body hast thou prepared me; in burnt offerings and sacrifices
for sins thou has had no pleasure; then said I, Lo, I come to do thy will,
in the volume of the book it is written of me." But he did more than offer
himself as a sin offering; he was more than the Lamb of God; he was the "prophet
of Jehovah," and revealed to man the character and the will of God. He disclosed
secrets hid from the foundation of the world. In one word, he is THE
ORACLE, as well as the SACRIFICE which God had provided
II. As the INCARNATE WORD, he is the interpreter
of his will. The New Testament is then, the gift of Christ - and was written
by his guidance and inspiration. For all that the Spirit of God has done
has been through his instrumentality. The Spirit is Christ's gift. Jesus
is now as much "Lord of the Spirit" as he is the Lord of life and glory.
The New Testament is a volume written by his servants. Six of his Apostles
and two of his Evangelists wrote it all. That book is to us now in the stead
of the personal presence of the Lord and his Apostles. He gave gifts to men
after he left their abode. "He gave Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors,
Teachers." As a means of our salvation; as one of the things which God has
done for us, we place the New Testament, the living oracles, or gospel of
Christ, as next in order, as it is in importance, to his sacrifice.
III. To the sacrifice of Christ, we always look for the basis of our pardon;
to his blood that cleanses from all sin, for justification and personal
acceptance; and to his Word we look for counsel and instruction in Christian
piety and righteousness. We are as dependent on his Word for light,
as we are upon his blood for pardon. "I am," said he, "THE
LIGHT OF THE WORLD; he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness,
but shall have the light of life." "In him was life, and the life
was the light of men." "That was the true light," said John, "which coming
into the world, enlighteneth every man." "As long as I am in the world,"
says Jesus, "I am the light of the world." Thus Isaiah spake of him: "I will
also give thee as a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation
to the ends of the earth." "I will give thee for a covenant of the people,
or light of the Gentiles, to open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners
from the prison; and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house."
"His going forth is prepared as the morning." "The sun of righteousness will
arise with healing under his wings." "I witness," said Paul, "both to small
and great, that the Messiah should show light to the people and to the Gentiles."
The Word of Christ, is the light of Christ; and therefore the Christian
Scriptures are the light of the world; and he that followeth them shall have
the light of life. "If you continue in my doctrine," says the Messiah, "you
shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." "If the Son make
you free, you shall be free indeed."