Light Under a Basket Mark 4:21-25
Jesus’ rhetorical question, “Do you hide a light?” is to emphasize the obvious. However, sometimes his followers do not realize what they have. These words introduce two teachings about the Kingdom and include several different but connected concepts. Light controls the darkness, however it can be extinguished. And the battle between good and evil is best described in exponential terms.
The light reveals hidden things: the truths of God as well as the things that Satan wants to keep you from knowing. God’s light opens our eyes, not only to our sin, but also to our opportunities. The light of his word and his will reveal the truth, because the truth is that the power of sin (darkness) does not even compare to the power of God’s truth. The light reveals that we have a remedy for our sin, and with God’s help, we can be what God created us to be. Sin and guilt do not have to enslave us.
Jesus interjects the warning to “hear”…or pay attention. “You don’t want to miss this!” seems to be an appropriate understanding of his words when he explains the way the Christian life works. “More will be added”. Life will increase exponentially. Fruit will be abundant. Like the sun peeks over the tops of the mountains at sunrise, life in Christ rises and fills the world with light. Sadly, the same is true for those who do not have the light; the darkness and desolation also increase exponentially. Where the light of Christ is extinguished, evil and all dark things abound. We need to pay attention when that is happening all around us.
The Lord said through the Prophet Isaiah:
“I will give you as a covenant for the people a light for the nations, to open the eyes of the blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon from the prison those who sit in darkness. I am the Lord; that is my name; my glory I give to no other…and new things I now declare” Isaiah 42:6-9 (ESV).
Let’s keep the light on!