The Lamp of the Body – Luke 11:33-36
33 “No one, when he has lit a lamp, puts it in a secret place or under a basket, but on a lampstand, that those who come in may see the light. 34 The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness. 35 Therefore take heed that the light which is in you is not darkness. 36 If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, the whole body will be full of light, as when the bright shining of a lamp gives you light.” (Luke 11:33-36)
At first pass, this passage seems hard to follow; Jesus talking about lamps, good eyes and bad eyes, our bodies being full of light… What are we to make of it?
Jesus often spoke in metaphors; a way of communicating that couples the point with something we’re familiar with. In this case, he uses two things we’re all familiar with; Light, and our own eyes.
The human eye is the organ that allows us to have visual awareness of our surroundings by allowing in light that’s reflected off of objects. The reason for light is so that we might see.
And while seeing the physical light is important, it’s even more important to be able to see the spiritual light:
Then Jesus said to them, “A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” (John 12:35-36)
Jesus came to bring light to an ever-darkening world, but even the brightest light cannot be seen by a blind man. If your eyes don’t work, you can’t see the light.
But here’s the thing: A blind man has no choice in whether or not he sees the physical world; But everyone has a choice in whether or not they’re willing to open their eyes to Jesus. And if a person is willing to open their eyes to Jesus, the Holy Spirit enters in, and that person becomes full of light!
And just like a lamp illuminates a room, that person will illuminate everyone around them with the light of Christ.
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden” (Matthew 5:14)
We can change the world, one life at a time!