Jesus Christ is the light of the world.
If we choose to follow Him, He will light up everything.
“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”—John 8:12
Sir Harry Lauder a Scottish singer and entertainer from many years ago, told a story about the old lamplighters in Glasgow.
Generations ago, as darkness started to fall, all around Scotland (and around the world), lamplighters would start to make their rounds.
They’d put their ladder up against the light post, climb up and light the lamp, step back down, pick up the ladder and carry on to the next lamp. It was a one by one process.
Sir Harry said, “After a while, the lamplighter would be out of sight down the street. 𝐁𝐮𝐭 𝐈 𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐚𝐥𝐰𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐭𝐞𝐥𝐥 𝐰𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐡 𝐰𝐚𝐲 𝐡𝐞 𝐡𝐚𝐝 𝐠𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐥𝐚𝐦𝐩𝐬 𝐡𝐞 𝐡𝐚𝐝 𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐞𝐝”
Jesus Christ is the greatest lamplighter of all.
He constantly lights the way.
Has your “lamp” been lit by Him yet?
In Psalms 119:105 we read “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”
Perhaps you too are a lamplighter?
Robert Louis Stevenson told it this way. (A Leerie is a lamplighter)
“My tea is nearly ready and the sun has left the sky;
It’s time to take the window to see Leerie going by;
For every night at teatime and before you take your seat,
With lantern and with ladder he comes posting up the street.
Now Tom would be a driver and Maria go to sea,
And my papa’s a banker and as rich as he can be;
But I, when I am stronger and can choose what I’m to do,
Oh Leerie, I’ll go round at night and light the lamps with you!
For we are very lucky, with a lamp before the door,
And Leerie stops to light it as he lights so many more;
And O! before you hurry by with ladder and with light,
O Leerie, see a little child and nod to him tonight!”
Lamplighters from a bygone age, pushed back the darkness from generations ago.
With Jesus Christ, the greatest light of all, we too can push back the darkness by following Him today.
We will always be safe, and I know He shows us which way to go.
If you’d like to find out how Jesus Christ can light up your life and be a lamp unto your feet, just speak to one of our missionaries.
How can you be a lamplighter this Christmas and light someone’s world around you?