I was watching an old rerun of ‘I’ve Got a Secret’ yesterday that featured a well-known Hollywood actor who was pitching a book on brain teasers that he had found to the panel. He read several of these brain teasers, asking the panel to solve them while the audience was let in on the solution.
This is one he gave: A man, who was dressed completely in black with his face blackened like a commando was walking down the middle of a country dirt road. There was no moon. Suddenly, a car with no headlights on came barreling down the road on which the man was walking but did not hit him. Why?
Modern humans take electricity for granted. Thanks to technology, we have no real worry about having light when we desire it. We simply turn a switch and it appears. Our ancestors, however, didn’t have this ability. They were forced to deal with very real conditions on work, travel, and their day-to-day exsistence.
The Bible speaks a lot about light because it figured predominately in the life of its people. Perhaps, that is why many of Jesus parables and stories dealt with light. Paul continues to teach using light as an illustration of his lessons.
2 Corinthians 4: 3-6- But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 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. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. 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.
The ‘light of the glorious gospel of Christ who is the image of God.’ By this statement, Paul reminds us that Jesus reflected just a partial image of His heavenly Father while He was here on earth. Had He fully allowed His glory to shine, we would have been blinded…for this is the God of creation. His majesty is so enormous we could not stand in His presence.
This light is lost to those who follow the worldly route. Satan works to blind as many as possible from admitting their need to recognize their need for forgiveness of sin.
Christians understand that one day we WILL be in the presence of the God who, in the beginnning, separated light from darkness. It is then we will kneel and truly completely understand the magnificence of God and His love for us in sending His only begotten Son to die as our atonement offering.
Oh, and the answer to that riddle…..the man was walking in broad daylight. Me? I thought maybe he had a lighted cigarette in his mouth. (I guess that is what comes from marrying a former soldier!) In any case, most of us assume it was at night, yet it is never stated. A good lesson to remind us to read a problem carefully and never make assumptions!