Diwali was celebrated yesterday in India. It is a festival of lights, as important to Hindu, Sikh and Jain as Christmas is to Christians. Diwali is a time to celebrate light overcoming darkness, good over evil. Sound familiar? As followers of Christ, this sounds very much like Jesus!

As Victor John said, “Everyone is celebrating and we are our own way. Happy Diwali everyone. I’m reminded of what Jesus said… ‘Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.’ Matt 5:16 Well said Victor!

This is what is called a redemptive analogy: Taking a representation of Christ already existing in a particular culture and giving it the deeper meaning intended all along to point people to Jesus. He is never far from any of us (Acts 17:27).

Follow these links for other scriptures about light and darkness…

Isaiah 9:2 (quoted by Jesus in Matt 4:16)

John 1:1-9

John 12:35-36

Ephesians 5:8-9

Til next week,