Light it up!
The Word of the Lord came and changed the hearts of this group of Jews who were moved with zeal for the house of the Lord. Their confession was, “Who is Like You, O Lord, Among the Mighty!” Surrounded by the darkness of idolatry and pagan worship, they refused to continue to remain idolatrous and rebellious. God always has a remnant in every generation who believes there is no one like the Lord. The word of God always brings light with it.
”In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him not even one thing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of mankind. And the Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not grasp it.“John 1:1-5
John declares it so in the beginning of his gospel, his witness and testimony of Jesus. The Holy Ghost inspired John to write, “In the beginning was the word and He was the light of mankind.” All life must have light—it is sustained by it. There is no darkness in Him.
As they began the process to repair, restore, cleanse, and rededicate the Temple to the Lord, the necessity of the word and the oil—Spirit—brought light.
”For You light my lamp; The Lord my God illumines my darkness.“Psalms 18:28
”For the fountain of life is with You; In Your light we see light.“Psalms 36:9
As we celebrate this time once again, as it was in the beginning, God the Father said, “Let there be light.” Jesus was born, the light of the world.
”for you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness, and truth),“Ephesians 5:8-9
Light it up!