“Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest.” (Revelation 1:12-13)
Over the past two days, we read how God’s presence in the temple was symbolized by a golden lampstand, and how on the new earth Jesus is “the lamp” replacing all other sources of light. Today’s verse describes another vision of the apostle John. He sees Jesus Christ in his godly glory, surrounded by seven golden lampstands.
In verse 20, Jesus Himself explains to John what these lampstands mean: “As for the mystery of […] the seven golden lampstands […] the seven lampstands are the seven churches”. The churches thus are like lampstands, spreading God’s light in the world around them. This is exactly what Jesus told his disciples: “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:14- 16).
If you are a Christian, Jesus Christ dwells in you. His presence in you shines like a lamp in the darkness. May your life contribute to God’s glory!
Are you a light in the darkness for the people around you? How? And how do you keep your light burning?