Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Prepare To Be Mooned

There are some things that just intrigue everyone:
Trains, sharks, donuts, and the Moon . . . especially the Moon.

Honestly, have you ever heard anyone say, “I just really can’t stand that Moon up there”?
No you haven’t. And if you have, I’ll give you a refund.

Since the beginning of Creation, people have looked up at the Moon in wonder. It’s really easy to understand why too – it lights up the night sky. It’s because when we are experiencing the night, the Moon doesn’t escape the Sun’s light:

But everything exposed by the light becomes visible –
and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. (Ephesians 5)

This is true in the natural realm. Think about the Moon again. In not-so-scientific terms, it’s a big ole dead, dusty, dark, round rock. Sometimes it’s completely darkened and then it gets all lit up again. We call that a full Moon. What was darkened becomes exposed by the light of the Sun and clearly visible – illuminated. It becomes a light in even darkest night the sky.

All people start out like the darkened (New) Moon, receiving no light, reflecting no light.

This is why it is said:
“Wake up sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

The same thing happens to those who receive Him. They become illuminated by Christ. They are like the Moon when it is full of light.

Jesus Christ illuminates us much like the Sun illuminates the Moon:

Like the Sun, Jesus is the true light that shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind . . . to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God – children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. (John 1)

Honestly, I can only take this little allegory so far. But we all have to admit that no one ever gazes up in amazement at the darkened Moon. But when the Moon is fully illuminated, it is everything it is supposed to be in all its glory.

When Christ shines on you, and illuminates you, then you will be full.

And oddly enough, the next full Moon is on Valentine's Day.

***Thanks to David Phillips  for faithfully delivering an inspiring Good Word from the Lord and Chris Bloom  for the title of the post. Honored to know and serve alongside these brothers. Follow these guys on Twitter.
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