The "Brightness" of Christ
Today's Name of Christ: BRIGHT. We will be looking at the name "BRIGHT", found in Revelation 22:16 (Jesus is called the BRIGHT and Morning Star).
"I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, [and] the bright and morning star" (Revelation 22:16 KJV).
Such beauty behind the meanings of "BRIGHT", according to this text. I rejoice in the description of His name "BRIGHT", the very name of Christ. Let's take a look into the Strong's Concordance, to gain some understanding of it's meaning: From Strongs: "bright, goodly, white, gorgeous, clear, shining, brilliant, transparent, splendid and magnificent". Such purity is spoken of, in these words. Let's even take this a step further, and find out what these words mean, according to the American Heritage Dictionary, keeping Jesus in our thoughts, while we do so ... Bright (full of light and illumination); goodly (of pleasing appearance); white (maximum lightness); gorgeous (dazzlingly beautiful, magnificent); clear (free from what dims, obscures, or darkens, free from flaw, blemish, or impurity); shining (excellence in quality or appearance; splendor; radiance); brilliant (superb; wonderful); transparent (can be seen through, luminous); splendid (admired by many; illustrious, admirable for boldness or purity; surpassing, praiseworthy); magnificent (splendid in appearance; grand, grand or noble in thought or deed; exalted, outstanding). With all that has been said (above), let's include Jesus into all of this, but just before doing so, let's think about a bright light we've observed at some time in our own life. Whether it be the high beams of automobile lights shining in our eyes, or perhaps the bright light of a flashlight, or perhaps seeing lightening flash during a storm ... or, just gazing for but a moment at the sun, which is extremely bright, and cannot be looked into for any length of time, without severely damaging our eyes ... let's enter into our minds, what we consider to be a bright light. Having done that, now let's put all this together. No matter what light we can think of, or how bright that light is, such a light is but dim compared to the brightness of Christ. I'm going to mention here, just a few of the above descriptions of Jesus name "BRIGHT". Jesus is illuminating ... full of light ... of maximum lightness. He's magnificent, superb ... He's wonderful! He is outstanding, and admired by many. He's pure and transparent, as are the streets of gold we read about in the book of Revelation (Revelation 21:21b). He is pleasing in appearance ... splendid, He's outstanding (which tells me to look upon Christ's brightness is a most glorious experience, as He is dazzlingly beautiful and radiant). He, in no way is obscure, dark or dim, for ... He is without blemish (1 Peter 1:19). He is perfect, praise worthy, exalted and His brightness surpasses all. We've looked at a few of the meanings of "BRIGHT". Now let's consider God's promise to us, of what it is that Jesus is accomplishing in our lives through His very brightness. He is preparing us to be "like Him" (1 John 3:2-4). The very purity of the brightness of Christ is poured into the hearts of His people, that the hearts of His people, will become as is His ... pure. His word tells us He is coming back for a Church (Bride) without spot or wrinkle (Ephesians 5:27). Should we then not open our hearts to the brightness ... to the searching light of Christ, and allow Him to cleanse and make whole, our hearts? Yes, Christ is making us into His likeness. "BRIGHT" is His name! As He completes His work within our hearts, we too will shine, as does He. Behold ... a radiant Bridegroom and His radiant Bride! May our hearts be open to Him, that His cleansing light might accomplish purity within each one of us, is my prayer. Amen. Be greatly blessed of the Lord, this day!
Blessings to you ... Marcia