September 17, 2012
The Lamb is the Light Thereof
O house of Jacob, come ye and let us walk in the light of the Lord
Isaiah, the great gospel-prophet, also spoke of the coming days of glory for the nation. His prophecy is punctuated by promises that fuel the hopes and thrill the heart of every orthodox Jewish person. He tells of days when Israel will be the head of the nations. He tells in our chapter of a day when all nations will flow unto Jerusalem (2:2) and when the collective desire of men will be to go to Jerusalem, not to make war, but to learn of the God of Israel.
The house of Jacob as well, restored to God and converted to their true Messiah, will walk in the light of the Lord, glorying and worshiping for all God has done for them.
But what does it mean to “walk in the light of the Lord?” What is that light and from whence does it come? Is it merely truth under the metaphor of the light? Is it the Shekinah glory which once filled the Tabernacle and Temple? Centuries later, John wrote and taught something of the light which will emanate from God. In Revelation 21, John was privileged to get a preview of the holy city, descending out of heaven. As part of his descriptive, he tells us, “The city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon to shine in it. For the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.”
God’s glory is what will give light; but the Lamb is the embodiment of that glory! What John is telling us is that for all eternity, God will reveal His glory in a Lamb-like Man. That character of Christ will be the light for all men to learn what God is like! God has chosen to reveal Himself in this way. Now add to that this incredible statement: “There shall be no night there” (Rev 22:5). This means that the revelation and the glory will only increase and grow throughout eternity. We will never cease to learn something of the glory of God as we gaze upon the Lamb. The light will shine eternally.
1. In light of the imagery suggested in the meditation, what do expressions such as “the gates of it shall not be shut at all,” and “no need of candle, neither light of the sun,” suggest?
2. There are at least six animals used in the Old Testament to speak of Christ and His sufferings: the ox, lamb, goat, ram, heifer, dove, and pigeon. Yet God has chosen the lamb from among them as the great “symbol” of heaven. Why do you think this is? What is so special about the lamb?
3. Will there be any “light” for us or for the myriads saved after the rapture that will not be found in the Lord Jesus Christ?