I used to hate fireworks. Being a dog lover, they always drove me crazy and I felt they were such an invasion into the safety of my little four-legged friends, and all the four-legged friends in the community. I’d hear horrible stories of dogs running away and getting hit by cars, getting lost, being petrified and going crazy, because of the noise. I thought they were the height of ignorance and rudeness. – let me say, if you have a dog, be sure to look after them and keep them locked in and safe when fireworks are going off!
But some months back, Jesus showed me Himself in a new way…….
Jesus is like a fireworks display. A firecracker ascends in one piece up into the sky till it can’t be seen. Then, high and hidden from sight, it explodes into a million radiant lights that descend upon the earth and all that see it are amazed and are in awe!
The Scriptures tell us, “The first man, Adam, became a living person.” But the last Adam–that is, Christ–is a life-giving Spirit. (1 Corinthians 15:45, NLT)
Jesus ascended into the heavens, returning to His Father, as one man. The disciples gazed upon him going up into the heavens. Jesus had said that when He left them and returned to His Father, that He would then send His comforter, the Holy Spirit. So as Jesus ascended, He then returned by His Spirit into the lives of all the many millions of believers throughout history since that time, and now lives in the hearts of all who are His own. This is the explosion of Christ on the earth, in the lives of His people – He went up as one, and became many! The world looks on in awe and wonder – “They will know we are Christians by our love”.
Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.(1 Corinthians 12:12, NIV)
How amazing is Jesus? How bright and colourful and radiant is He? He’s explosively wonderful!!!
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows”.(James 1:17);
“I am the light of the world. … Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. .” (John 8:12);
“Believe in the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of light.” (John 12:36)
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, …”(1 John 1:7).