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(08-09-21) New Light and Old Darkness - 2 Corinthians 4.1-6; Matthew 9.9-13

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New Light and Old Darkness – Proverbs 3:13-18; 2 Corinthians 4:1-6; Matthew 9:9-13

·      New for old – old wheels instead of new ones

o  not normally how it works

§  technology (CDs/tapes, DVDs/video)

o  Jesus comes to do a new thing (vv14-17)

§  not to destroy/remove the old

§  but to complete it

·      The old, religious order (Pharisees) was all about remaining pure

o  avoiding the contamination (v11) of

§  disease

§  death

§  sinners

·      Jesus’ new world (God’s kingdom) was, and is, all about bringing healing, life, resurrection

o  bringing it to those who were

§  diseased

§  dying

§  sinners

“It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick... For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” (vv12-13)

·      Not implying that the Pharisees were healthy or righteous...

o  Jesus came for...

§  the sick who know they’re sick

§  the sick who think they’re healthy

·      Matthew may well be perfect example of the former

o  despised, isolated, guilt-ridden?

o  directly invited by Jesus to follow Him

§  resurrected?

Paul: light had begun to shine into Matthew’s life (2 Cor 4:6)

§  Jesus bringing light where there was darkness (new for old)

·      The glory of salvation → thinking about light

·      Corridor in college – groping in the dark!

·      God is a god of light and brightness, not darkness and shadow

o  not that he’s not present in darkness

o  but that he shines his light there

·      Light = rescue (Isaiah 60)

Genesis 1; John 1

§  light as “a symbol of the saving presence of God in a fallen world” (McGrath)

·      Yet Isaiah (60) doesn’t just say that God has come to the rescue

o  he tells Israel/us to shine

o  recalling Jesus’ well-known words:

§  “You are the light of the world....” (Matthew 5:14-16)

·      World of electricity and fluorescent lighting

o  yet the meaning remains clear

§  the light we’ve received we aren’t to keep to ourselves

Do everything without complaining or arguing, 15so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe 16as you hold out the word of life... (Philippians 2:14-16a)

·      Setting forth the truth plainly – pointing to Jesus (2 Cor 4:5)

o  in word and deed (Phil & Matt)

o  showing that the light is within you

§  the light, the truth of Jesus revealed in love (Matthew)

no tricks required to convince people (2 Cor 4:2)

§  making the Gospel more ‘palatable’ is no good...

·      We have within us a light that removes all darkness

o  the darkness we see in the world around us

o  or maybe the darkness we see in our own lives

·      This light, this Jesus shines into us and through us

·      Jesus is ready, willing and able to shine into your life

o  He calls you, like Matthew, to follow Him

§  whether you think you need a doctor or not

§  He is ready to heal, to give life, to forgive

·      And if His light is shining in us, then we must let it shine out

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