Lamp of the Body. We continue this series of devotions on the Words of Christ with two verses from Matthew 6 which speak about a good eye. To what is Jesus referring?
22 “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. 23
But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If
therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that
Matthew 6:22-23, NKJV
To what is Jesus referring when He said, "The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light."? How does one obtain a good eye? How can the light that is in you be darkness?
The Bible often uses light to pertain to Christ or to His righteousness, and darkness to refer to the works of the devil, or evil. Here are just a few examples from Scripture:
2 The people who walked in darkness
Have seen a great light;
Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death,
Upon them a light has shined.
(Isaiah 9:2, NKJV)
12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” (John 8:12, NKJV)
5 This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. (1 John 1:5, NKJV)
The natural light we have in our eyes is actually darkness, for apart from the miraculous salvation given to us by Christ, we will never be holy or righteous, and the deeds we do will be deeds of darkness before a righteous and holy God.
However, when Christ enters into our hearts and saves us, the light that is in us becomes the light of God. No longer do we walk in darkness for we have seen God's great light. We then become those people, from Isaiah 9:2, who have walked in darkness, and have seen a great light.
It was not unusual for Jesus to use common illustrations to reveal great depths of truth. By using the example of the eye, a great secret truth was revealed to the disciples, and also to us. We cannot change our circumstances by ourselves. Unless God Himself comes into our heart and changes the light of our eyes, we will walk in darkness. Yet, what is impossible to man is possible with God.
What a great hope for all mankind. All those who turn to Christ and receive Him as their own personal Lord and Savior are changed instantly. No longer do they walk in the darkness of sin, but God's light of truth shines in their hearts and lives forever.
What an amazing God we serve. Once we were blind--walking in darkness--but now we see--walking in the light of Christ!
May God bless you with a good eye, however, if your eye is filled with darkness, then turn to Christ, for He, alone, can make you see!