The Lamb Is the Light Thereof
The prophetic name given to Jerusalem in the Messianic Kingdom will resonate with the FOUNDING FATHER of that city: “The name of that city from that day shall be Jehovah Shammah, THE LORD WHO IS THERE” (Jeremiah 33:16). With the LORD being there, special significance is given concerning HIM and HIS attraction to all who enter there: “And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it for the glory of God did lighten it and the Lamb is the light thereof” (Revelation 21:23). Charles Hadden Spurgeon encourages us to “quietly contemplate the LAMB, as the Light in our new home. The joy of the saints is comprised of the light, the Lighted ONE.” The city’s lamp is the LAMB who is there, our SHAMMAH, who is our LIGHTED ONE. The Lord Shammah who will be there is also here NOW, today with his shining light for us, and is receptive in the heart of the Spirit-filled believer. Jesus is “the true light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world” (John 1:9). The LORD WHO IS WITH US NOW can light our city today, our hearts today, our abode today, our paths today. The Book tells us so: “Then spake Jesus … 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). So, life it is, from him, the Lighted One, who is the Enlightening One giving us his glorious light of life, and “the joy of the saints is comprised of the light” (CHS). We must remember that the darkness of sin, unfaithfulness and disobedience will only bring a dying experience to mankind; we need the light from HIM to enjoy the LIFE in HIM. If you are looking in all the wrong places for the meaning of life, HIS LIGHT will expose those deceptive dark ventures, and can gloriously shine real life found in him.
The Lighted One who is the Light of this world and the next has loved us, is loving us, and forever will love us. He has brought the repentant believer to himself, and bought us with himself shedding his life-giving blood, cleansed us, forgave us, robed us with his righteousness, kept us, is keeping us, justified us, shared and is sharing his glory with us in oneness with him, all because the gospel light that has shined into our darkened hearts and revealed the life-giving measure of HIS LIGHT. You see, “In him was life; and the life was the light of men” (John 1:4). Jesus has the answer to the death sentence assigned to sinful man, and HE tells us over and over again in the WORD that HE IS THE LIGHT and “we shall have the light of LIFE” (John 8:12). His gospel light brings fullness of life as he intended, quickening us out of the deadness of sin to newness in HIM. Then, for his light to gloriously shine in the beauty of who he is, as we are found in a life-giving relationship with him. As the new city bearing his name SHAMMAH, the Lord who is there with HIS life-giving light, we can bear his name as the Lord who is HERE giving us the beauty of his fellowship: As “we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth us from all sin” (I John 1:7). The song writer P. P. Bliss tells it the way it is, life from death, all because of the light: “The whole world was lost in the darkness of sin; the Light of the world is Jesus. Like sunshine at noonday, his glory shone in, the Light of the world is Jesus. Oh, come to the Light, ‘tis shining for thee, sweetly the Light has dawned upon me. Once I was blind, but now I can see, the Light of the world is Jesus” (1875). Oh, lost one, why not repent of sin and ask HIM to save your soul today? Then, if you are a Christian already, keep taking those steps in the Light with the Lamb who is the Lamp thereof.