7639 - Light in a Lamp


As we continue our study in the book of Luke, we want to examine Luke 8, verses 16-18. These verses speak of light and a lamp. Listen as I read these verses.

No one lights a lamp and hides it in a jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, he puts it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open. Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has will be taken from him.

In these verses Jesus speaks of a lamp, which at the time would have typically been a small clay dish containing olive oil and a wick. Most had handles so the lamp could be carried from one place to another.

His words did not convey a new principle to these people or His disciples. They knew about lamps, and knew best how to make the most out of the small light they produced. Remember that at this point in history lamps like this would have been the most common available source of light on a dark night. On a moonless night, a lamp would be the source of light to walk by, or the source of light indoors for anything that occurred after night fell.

These Jews understood that a lamp under a jar or under a bed was worthless as a lamp. No light would shine in any useful way.

Just as in a dark room much can be hidden and go unnoticed in shadows and dim light, the application of light reveals what is hidden. Darkness runs from the light, and what was once unable to be seen, is now visible and public.

But not only that, the lamp is now the most noticeable thing in the room. It’s burning flickering flame is visible to all who enter the room.

Each man, woman, and child who confesses, repents, and professes that Jesus is their savior and Lord is like this lamp. The children’s song “This Little Light of Mine” comes to mind, and the principle in that song and in this verse is the same. We shine the light of Christ in a darkened world, and we should not obscure His light in any way.

This figurative light reveals those things hidden in the darkness of the world. In John 8:12 we are specifically told that Jesus is the “Light of the World”. It is that light that shines in purity and holiness to reveal the sin and shame of the world. To reveal the need for salvation.

For without the presence of light, darkness is the only thing known. Darkness has no association with light, and until light is supplied, there is nothing but darkness.

In caves around the world there live animals and insects that have no sight. They live in a world with overwhelming darkness. Not even a pin prick of light is available. In darkness so complete that we would go blind after a few months in this total darkness.

And because the darkness is so complete, these creatures have no knowledge of light, they live in a world where light is not even something that can be conceived. Could they talk, we would not even be able to explain to them what light was.

In our world people live in a state of similar spiritual darkness. Paul tells in Romans 3 that there is not only no one righteous, but that no one even understands or seeks God. Without the presence of Jesus in the lives of Christians shining out to the world, people would be just like the creatures living in these caves. They would have no concept of anything other than their darkness.

This is one of our crucial tasks as Christians: to shine the light of Christ in this dark world. We should not stay out of sight and unnoticed under a jar or under a bed, but we should shine out brightly where all can see the light of Christ inside of us.

We must live our lives in a manner that not only is visible, but also in such a way that people see Jesus, and not ourselves.