EVERLASTING LIGHT | 23 APRIL 2019

Several years ago, General Electric dug up a time capsule at its Nela Park facility.  When the 100-year-old time capsule was opened, there was a copy of a newspaper, The Plain Dealer, dated March 21, 1912.  There was a photograph of five, very proud and dignified looking men: General Electric’s board of directors at that time.  There were also five incandescent light bulbs.  One of the bulbs was full of water.  One of the bulbs had condensation on the inside.  But three of the bulbs looked pretty good.  Taking a risk, the folks at the time capsule’s opening took one of the bulbs and screwed it in.  There was rejoicing all around.  The bulb still did what it had been designed to do.  It gave light.

Thinking of that little light bulb, just imagine all the changes the world had seen since it was carefully placed in its resting place 100 years ago.  There have been two world wars.  We have survived a dust bowl and a global depression.  We have seen the rise and fall of empires, an eruption of major advancements in technology and medicine.  We have sent people to the moon.

While some things have changed in those 100 years, others have not.  The craftsmen whose skilled hands built those bulbs are now gone.  The folks who celebrated when the time capsule was placed have all left us, including the five wealthy, well-dressed men of GE’s Board of Directors.  Some things do not change.

This is why you and I can rejoice that the Lord’s Light is still doing His job.  Almost 2,000 years ago, the body of Jesus of Nazareth was placed into a grave, a time capsule of sorts.  By human law, He should have stayed there.  But He didn’t.  Three days after His burial, Jesus came out of that time capsule and showed everyone that He is the Light of the world.  Isaiah 60:20 reminds us, “Your sun shall no more go down, nor your moon withdraw itself; for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your days of mourning will be ended.”  Because of Jesus, we were freed from darkness.  Because of Him, we were moved into the light.  Because of Him, the dark grave had lost its terrible hold on our souls.  In Jesus, God’s light shone into our darkness.  This is cause for rejoicing all around.  In His death, and now His resurrection, God’s Son has brought light to our dark world.

 

From one whom rejoices that Jesus is the Light of the world,

Pastor Steve