One of the many museums in St Petersburg is a floating one – the Russian Navy cruiser Aurora. Built in 1900 the Aurora fired a blank shot in 1917 that indicated the start of the October Revolution through an assault on the Winter Palace. IMG_3237

Aurora is the name given to a natural display of light in the sky, such as the Aurora Borealis, but as names go seems like a good name for a ship. I am guessing that the night sky was lit up unnaturally in St Petersburg when the revolution began. So there are good lights and there are bad lights. Lights that are provided to illuminate something or to guide us in the darkness, and lights that bring fear such as those caused by the firing or detonation of weapons.IMG_3301

Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” (John 8:12 NKJV)

How can it be that the Light of the World seems to be invisible to so many inhabitants of the world? Is it because that light is not shining through those who have seen and recognised Jesus to be the Light of the World?

Many other names are given to Jesus in Scripture. A passage in Isaiah that foretells the birth of Jesus lists several. The fact that an ancient prophet not only foresaw the birth of Jesus but also the significance of that birth to the world is as relevant now as it was then.

For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. (Isaiah 9:6-7 NKJV)

So why has Jesus become such a closely guarded secret kept behind the closed doors of our hearts and our churches? Why isn’t our light shining? Why aren’t family, friends, neighbours, colleagues, etc., tripping over each other in an effort to find out what is different about us? If knowing the name of Jesus has changed us then it should written all over our faces and evident in our lives.

“No one lights a lamp and then hides it or puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where its light can be seen by all who enter the house.
“Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. But when it is bad, your body is filled with darkness. Make sure that the light you think you have is not actually darkness. If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight were filling you with light.” (Luke 11: 33-36 NLT)