“His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow.” –Matthew 28:3 NIV
The angel that appeared by the tomb of Jesus Christ, the one that rolled the stone away, had an appearance of lightning and “his clothes were white as snow”.
There was no doubt in the mind of the women that went to the tomb that this was a messenger from God. You see, when you see lightning, it pierces the darkness. Even if it is daytime, lightning brightens up the place. When lightning strikes, it draws your attention to brightness.
“His clothes were white as snow” – the angel was wearing clothes that had no shadow, shade, stain, or darkness.
“His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow.” – The women knew that this was a messenger from God because there was no darkness about him.
“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.” 1 John 1:5 NIV
Every message that we receive, every messenger we accept, if they are from God, there will be no darkness about them.
Who are you getting your messages from? Who are you going seeking for direction and counsel?
“If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. ” 1 John 1: 6 NIV
Are you being a messenger from God? Are you telling His Story? Will the people around you believe you because there is no darkness in you?
“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. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us. 1 John 1: 7-10 NIV
God does not require us to be perfect but He does command us to be obedient. It is not that we will never do anything that will dishonor God, although we strive everyday to honor Him. It is not that we will never miss the mark, although we endeavor to live a life without sin. It is that we must promptly recognize that we have fallen short and confess before God and sometimes to one another.
“Heavenly Father, I thank You for your love for me. I thank You that you have given me the privilege to approach You with confidence, knowing that You will be merciful towards me and will help me when I need it. I need to be a light in the dark places. I need to have no darkness in me. Forgive me, Lord, for thinking, saying, acting in a manner that does not honor you and for not being the light in all circumstances.
Have mercy on me, O God! Cleanse me Lord and I will be clean. Create in me a pure heart, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
Use me as your messenger of Good News. Let the enemy find no darkness in me.
I want to tell my story for others to know that Jesus died for them, that Jesus lives, and that He has risen that they may have eternal life with God!