The cross as lighthouse - a metaphor

Posted 26 Nov 2014

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The cross of Jesus as lighthouse metaphor

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We went to church a few weeks ago [26/Oct/2014] & someone [Jo Kendall] there spoke of the cross of Jesus being like a lighthouse. I think they were saying that a lighthouse shines brightly when ships are in storms at sea, & the cross of Jesus is like that in that it guides us away from danger & towards safe harbours. Anyway, this is my take on that idea, with the cross of Jesus “ghosted” into the background of the lighthouse in a storm. I really enjoyed drawing the sky & sea in this picture!

Light in the Bible
The word “light” is mentioned in many places in the Bible, often in reference to God, holiness, truth or faith. My WORDsearch program revealed 240 instances of the word “light” in the NIV Bible alone!

Some of the most well known & helpful references are mentioned below (all from ANIV (Anglicized New International Version of the Bible):

Genesis 1:3-4
3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.

2 Samuel 22:29
[David’s Song of Praise]
You are my lamp, O Lord; the Lord turns my darkness into light.

Job 28:11
He searches the sources of the rivers and brings hidden things to light.

Psalm 19:8
The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.

Psalm 27:1
[Of David.] The Lord is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 36:9
For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.

Psalms 119:105
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.

Ecclesiastes 11:7
[Remember your creator when young]
Light is sweet, and it pleases the eyes to see the sun.

Isaiah 9:2
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.

Matthew 4:16
[Jesus Begins to Preach]
16 the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.”

Matthew 5:14-15
[Salt and Light]
“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.”

John 1:4-5
[The Word Became Flesh]
In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.

John 3:21
[Jesus Teaches Nicodemus]
“But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”

John 8:12
[The Validity of Jesus’ Testimony]
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Romans 13:12
[Love, for the Day Is Near]
The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armour of light.

1 Thessalonians 5:5
You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.

1 John 1:5,7
[Walking in the Light]
This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all…7 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 sin.

Revelation 21:23
[The New Jerusalem]
The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.

Revelation 22:5
[The River of Life]
There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.


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