Sermon #79 Luke Sermons
Title: Light or Darkness?
Text: Luke 11:33-36
Subject: The Light that is In Us
Date: Sunday Evening –
Tape # W-97b
(Luke 11:33-36) "No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light. (34) The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness. (35) Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness. (36) If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light."
Our Master often used this symbolism of light (a candle on a candlestick) for various purposes (Matt. ; Mark ; Luke ). His intention here is clearly revealed by the context. He is talking about himself. He is declaring that he (the Light of the World) had stood before these men as a bright, shining light. His works, his claims, his ministry were open, public and unmistakably clear. “These things were not done in a corner.”
He who is greater a greater light and witness than both Jonah and Solomon is the Light which no man lighted. He is indeed the Light! Our Lord is here declaring that man’s unbelief and rebellion is inexcusable. He is continuing with the same line of thought and doctrine as he gave in verses 29-32. The doctrine of our text is plain.
Proposition: Light has come into the world, but because men love darkness rather than light they despise light and choose darkness.
(John 3:19-21) "And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. (20) For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. (21) But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God."
Christ is the Light. Some seeing the Light are dazzled by it. One, seeing something of our Lord’s brightness cried, “Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked.” The malicious Pharisees and religionists saw nothing of the Light. They blatantly imputed the Master’s works of mercy to the Devil. Many profess to see so light in him but see so little that they ask for a sign from heaven to make the light more clear!
Our Lord’s constant answer in his day was the same as it is in
ours. The Light just keeps on shining, unaffected by the darkness that cannot
see. Brilliant that Light shined in
· Lifted up upon the Cross.
· Lifted up in His Resurrection.
· Lifted up in His Ascension.
· Lifted up in The Gospel.
In the Old Testament, under the types and shadows of the law, the Light was, as it were, hidden under a bushel and not yet lit. Today, the Light shines in all the world, to men and women of every race, kindred, tribe and tongue. The Light now shines. If you do not see, it is no fault of the Light, but of your own blindness.
(2 Corinthians 4:3-6) "But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: (4) In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. (5) For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. (6) For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ."
Light is essential to spiritual life. Ignorance is not the mother of faith, but of superstition. Faith is the gift of God; but it is a gift given by the light and knowledge of the gospel. If the Light of God does not shine in our souls, the life of God is not there. We must have light, or we have no life. If the Sun of Righteousness does not shine to illuminate our dark hearts, darkness and death yet prevail. We must have light within us, or the Light shining outside us will be of no benefit to our souls.
(Ephesians 1:15-20) "Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, (16) Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; (17) That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: (18) The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, (19) And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, (20) Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places."
I. The Entrance of Light
“The light of the body is the eye”—Light enters the body through the eye. But how does light enter the soul? If we have no eyes to see, we cannot see, no matter how brightly the sun shines around us.
Our problem is not that there is no light. Our problem is that we have no eyes. The natural man is totally blind spiritually. Therefore, he cannot see. But his condition is far worse even than that. He does not want to see the Light. You see, we all, by nature, love darkness rather than light. Look at our text.
(Luke 11:34) "The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness."
The eye of the soul is the mind, the understanding, the conscience, the heart. When the eye is clear, single, unclouded, then the whole body is full of light. When the eyes of our souls are opened and enlightened by the Spirit of God into the truths of the Gospel, when there is nothing clouding our vision of the glory of Christ in the gospel, the whole soul is filled with light, joy, comfort and peace.
But, when the eye is evil, the whole body is full of darkness. When a person has cataracts covering his eyes, he cannot see. If he has glaucoma, once it is full blown, he is engulfed in darkness. Spiritually, when the understanding is darkened through the blindness and ignorance there is in men, with respect to Gospel, all the powers and faculties of the soul are in are engulfed in darkness, and the man gropes about in gross darkness.
The eyes of men are blinded by many things.
· The Darkness of Our Nature
· The Cataracts (blinding scales) of Tradition and Heresy
· The Glaucoma (haziness) of Self-righteousness
· The Myopia (shortsightedness) of Worldliness—Mammon repays its worshippers with blindness.
Self-seeking, in every form, obscures the light of the soul. The glitter of gold blinds the eye. How could Judas see the beauty and glory of Christ when he saw greater value in the thirty pieces of silver? How can a man set his heart upon heaven and eternity when his eye is fixed on material things?
Of all antichrists self is the hardest to kill. Pride, ambition, the desire for honor and respect, the craving of man’s approval and applause blind the eye to the light of heaven. Oh, how we crave the approval of men! I am convinced that nothing makes a man more resistant to the doctrines gospel of Christ than the fear that others will not approve. This proud antichrist, self, is never so strong, so vigorous, so unconquerable as in the proud desire human flesh have the glory of salvation that belongs to God alone. Man, whose god is his belly is blinded by his god!
A single eye, a clear understanding is God’s gift! A single eye comes from having your eye fixed upon a single Object—Christ!
(2 Corinthians 11:2-3) "For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. (3) But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity (singleness) that is in Christ."
If you see Christ, if you see the glory of God in the face of Christ, then “blessed are your eyes for they see!” Then your whole body is full of light.
Illustration: Sunburned Eyes
II. Light Made Darkness
Our Lord says, “When thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.”
The evil eye here is not talking about the evil eye of witchcraft, but the understanding that is perverted, so perverted that light is turned into darkness. In the natural world light can never become darkness; but in spiritual matters it often does. “When thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness. Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness.”
Take heed to the gospel and the ministry of the gospel, take heed, lest you despise the light and it become darkness to your soul. Light despised will become darkness; and there is no blindness like judicial blindness. From such there is no recovery. Perhaps you are thinking, “How can the light that is in a person become darkness?” Let me show you. Men turn light into darkness when…
· They turn the grace of God into lasciviousness.
· They pervert the ordinances of the gospel into sacraments.
· They make God’s holy law a means of holiness.
· They make freedom from the law a license to sin.
· They make the graces of the Spirit conditions of grace.
· They make the doctrine of Christ salvation.
· They make divine sovereignty an excuse for irresponsibility.
· They make character and conduct meaningless.
· They make character and conduct a basis of hope and assurance.
(Luke 11:35) "Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness."
III. Light Shines
What does light do? I cannot think of anything light does except this—Light shines! That is what we see in verse 36.
(Luke 11:36) "If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light."
When light comes it, it shines. If the eye is right, if it is single, and clear, there is no great work for it to do that it may get light. The light is shining. All the eye does is see it. When the sun is shining, if you want light just open your eyes. You don’t need to rub your eyes. Just open them.—You don’t need to exercise your eyes. Just open them.—You don’t need to discipline your eyes. Just open them.—You don’t need to get your eyes into the proper position to see. Just open them!—You don’t need to adorn your eyes. Just open them!
When the eye is sound it takes in light and takes pleasure in the light. It conveys the image of things external to the mind within. If the Lord, in his great grace, has made your eye single, so that you desire only to know the truth, then without toil or labor you shall know the truth. The light enters when the window is open. And when the Light comes in you know it. It is not possible to pass from darkness into light without knowing it.
· The shining light dispels darkness.
· The shining light exposes what is in us.—What we are!
· The shining light reveals that which is outside us.—The Gospel!
· The light shining in us shines out of us to others.—The darker the night the more radiant the light!
(1 John 1:5-7) "This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. (6) If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: (7) But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin."