My brother got this for his birthday yet I am amazed at how the Lord used this seemingly ordinary present to speak into my life. Jesus even said “When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” 40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”
So indeed, it was late at night then felt the Lord drawing my attention to the glowing rock lamp and impressing truths in my heart. Darkness in the room yet light eminating out of the rock. Can we also say that we go through dark places in light yet the very presence of the Lord Jesus Christ follows us there as the rock in the days of Moses went with the children of Israel? Yet out of darkness he glows ever brighter and through his presence in our lives we to let his light shine forth toward the ones who have yet to step out of darkness to receive the “Light of the glorious Gospel.”
Jesus the Rock and Light of the World
Throughout the Bible, Jesus has refered to himself as both a light and the Rock, also he has said “The stone the builders rejected has become the corner stone”
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16:13-19)
Many think this passage Jesus is primarily talking about Peter- but on the contrary he revealed his identity to Peter and first asked “Who do men say I am” and we see Peter answer correctly, “You are the Christ”
This revelation of Jesus’s identity is the foundation of our faith as Christians. The secret was first entrusted to the Apostles who helped start the early church movement but nevertheless it is about Christ, not his servants who he entrusts his work to.