By John Corderoy
"Arise, shine, for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee" (Isaiah 60:1).This is a promise by God of the coming of a new hope, a new understanding, a Messiah. Arise and be fulfilled in the light of this glorious revelation which has dawned upon us.
"For the law was given by Moses, but Grace and Truth came by Jesus Christ" (John 1:17). The Truth revealed to us by the risen Christ is that we are the spiritual ideas of God. Our physical body is a temporary being whereas our spiritual being is eternal.The prescriptive laws of the Old Testament are replaced by just two enlightened Christian commandments: to love and know God with all thy heart, and to love thy neighbour as thyself.
"Arise, shine", complete in the knowledge of His everlasting love. Let Grace and Truth fill your life and motivate your actions with love, happiness and health. "The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee." (Numbers 6:24)
Christ has rolled away the stone blocking the dark sepulchre of human consciousness to let the light truth and love in. The resurrection is the triumph of the Cross over the Crown (I Cor. 9:25); Truth over the laws of mankind. Once you have seen the true light as revealed by Jesus (the glory of the Lord), the mortal mind will no longer be able to hide the Truth from your sight. You will no longer be left at the mercy of arbitrary material laws.
"Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:32). "This then is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent"(John 17:3). What a wonderful and life changing blessing we have received from God. Jesus's revelations have shone a wondrous new light on our understanding of God and our relationship with Him. We are free, no longer held in subjection to the darkness of mortal mind. Our sole purpose on this earth is to understand God through the teachings of Jesus Christ. In so doing we may gain eternal life by the spirit of adoption whereby we might cry "Abba, Father ".
"This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, God is light and in Him is no darkness at all" (I John 1:5). God is only goodness and light: "in Him is no darkness at all". God is not the creator of the darkness and chaos that we see in the world to-day. God is Grace and Truth. He does not know evil or the ills of this world. He only bestows goodness and love on His children.
"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and cometh down from the Father of Lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning" (James 1:17). There is no variableness in God's love and care for us. Nor will He ever turn away from us. No longer do we have to feel alone and frightened in the dark, subjected to the whims of mortal mind: "because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth" (I John 2:8). No longer do we have to fear the randomness of the wars and the pandemics of this world. Jesus has illuminated the truth about creation and revealed our true being as the spiritual children of God. The "dark" and harsh rules of Mosaic law, and for that matter those of the world today, are "past". Love alone rules. Though " a thousand shall fall at the right side, and ten thousand to thy right hand, but it shall not come nigh to thee"(Psalms 91:7). What a wonderful and liberating revelation. We cannot be thankful enough to God for His blessings; for the protection He affords His spiritual children.