Shrewd Children of Light?

Amy Clemens

Read: Luke 16:1-15 The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light. (v. 8 NIV) It’s always bothered me a bit that Jesus told us to be wise as serpents (Matthew 10:16). I’d prefer serpents be left out of everything, including conversations with Jesus! But there it is, right before his warning to “beware of men” …

Light for Revelation

Amy Clemens

Read: Luke 2:25-35 My eyes have seen your salvation that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel. (vv. 30-32) Simeon, who spoke these words over the infant Jesus, was a very spiritual man. Luke called him “righteous,” and “devout,” and said, “the Holy Spirit was upon him” (v. 25). The Spirit revealed to Simeon that he would not die until he had seen the …

Secrets Come to Light

Amy Clemens

Read: Mark 4:21-25 For nothing is hidden except to be made manifest; nor is anything secret except to come to light. (v. 22) We live in an age of incredible scientific discovery. While quantum physics describes nature at the smallest scales of energy, and molecular biology pulls apart DNA, both sciences unraveling mysteries of light and life. Sometimes it feels like all the secrets of the universe are being revealed, and human progress is limitless. But in the midst of …

How Great the Darkness

Amy Clemens

Read: Matthew 6:22-23 If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! (v. 23) Jesus speaks about the absurdity of lighting a lamp then covering it up; a few moments later he takes his metaphor “out of the basket.” His listeners are invited from visual imagination to visceral reality. Jesus is no longer talking about a lamp on a stand somewhere—he is talking about them. Your eyes are lamps; you can shine or pull the shades, …

The Light in You

Amy Clemens

Read: Matthew 5:13-16 Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God. (v. 16 MSG) Jesus tells a crowd at the temple, “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12), then he tells the crowd during his Sermon on the Mount, “You are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14). Is there a contradiction, …

Great Light in the Darkness

Amy Clemens

Read: Matthew 4:12-17 The people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light. (v. 16) Epiphany is known as the “season of light,” yet is celebrated in the darkest days of the northern hemisphere. Such a season marked the visit of the wise men to worship Jesus, the “great light” who has illuminated a formerly dark landscape. God, who is light (1 John 1:5), comes wrapped in the flesh of a human being, and why? So the world can get …