Summer 2024

Daily Devotional: Monday, July 12 - The Glorious Gospel

“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 21:23

Lee loved his truck. It was 20 years old but still purred like a kitten because he changed the oil regularly and did a lot of the maintenance himself. Even though the Silver Streak still was reliable to go anywhere, one day the passenger-side headlight went out. Lee planned to get a new one next week, but he was driving one night on an isolated road with no street lights and the other headlight went out before he got home. He pulled over on the side of the road because it was too dangerous to drive with parking lights.

Headlights give us a picture of the light of the Gospel. The Lord wants to keep us in the light, but the devil wants us to stumble blindly in the darkness. “And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Corinthians 4:3-4).

On the Damascus Road, Saul saw a light shining brighter than the sun and was overwhelmed by the burst of knowledge coming from the Lord Jesus Christ. He realized how wrong he was and it was time to change direction. Saul’s name was changed to Paul, but more importantly, a hateful man came out of the darkness into the light. “As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him” (Acts 9:3).

The Lord longs to lift us out of the darkness of despair and put us on the path toward the city where there is no night. As Jesus, the Lamb who was slain for our sins, lights our way daily for a better life, He gives a glow to Heaven which is brighter than any earthly light. “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 21:23).

— Bill Kent, Pastor of Memorial Baptist Church, Sylvania, Georgia

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