The Heavenly Sunlight of Jesus

Fiddlesticks! I missed a post yesterday!  I did write however.  I was taking notes at the Heart of American Christian Writers Conference.   I learned a lot and met some great people.  I also won 1st prize in the book category for the first chapter of Uncle Chip’s book!  The prize is a book cover design.  Now I only have to finish the book, but I believe I got some great direction on how to find the bullseye and how to whittle it down to what people will want to read.  I think I got my mojo back too!

This is day 22 of the 31 day challenge.  I’m using the Five Minute Friday prompts this year.

Today’s word:  Light

 1 John 1

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our[a] joy complete.

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all[b] sin.

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.

 

I love this passage of Scripture.  It comforts me.  John had walked with Jesus.  He had been there.  He had seen, touched, smelled and lived with Jesus. And because John had done this, we can experience this small little book tucked away near the end of the New Testament today.

Our life circumstances is not where our joy is found.  Nor is it where our joy is made complete.  Your world may be crumbling away, or so it seems yet God is there.  Jesus Christ his son still died for you.  That fact never changes no matter what calamity you face.

We can have fellowship with him when we walk in that light of Jesus Christ.  Yes, we must walk in the light to have that fellowship for light and darkness cannot inhabit the same space.  This doesn’t mean we won’t sin.  Far from it!  We will be with sin until the end of our life or until the Lord returns for us.  This is so critical that if we believe we can be without sin, John tells us that we are not a child of the Father.

God cannot lie.  This is truth.

TIME

And this is joy my friends!

Heavenly Sunlight

The author of this hymn is Henry Jeffreys Zelley.  He “was born at Mt. Holly, NJ, on Mar. 15, 1859. Educated in the Mt. Holly public schools, at Pennington Seminary, and at Taylor University, where he earned his M. A., Ph. D., and D. D. degrees, he became a Methodist minister in 1882 and first served in the New Jersey Conference as a statistical secretary, treasurer, and trustee, becoming a promoter of the campmeeting movement. Noted for his evangelistic fervor, Zelley produced over 1500 poems, hymns, and gospel songs.”  Credit

1 Walking in sunlight all of my journey,
over the mountains, through the deep vale;
Jesus has said, “I’ll never forsake thee,”
promise divine that never can fail.

Refrain:
Heavenly sunlight, heavenly sunlight,
flooding my soul with glory divine;
hallelujah, I am rejoicing,
singing His praises, Jesus is mine.

2 Shadows around me, shadows above me,
never conceal my Savior and Guide;
He is the light, in Him is no darkness;
ever I’m walking close to His side. [Refrain]

3 In the bright sunlight, ever rejoicing,
pressing my way to mansions above;
singing His praises gladly I’m walking,
walking in sunlight, sunlight of love. [Refrain]

1 Comment

  • Tara

    10/22/2017 at 8:21 pm Reply

    Amen! I’m so thankful for this promise.

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