The major function in swimming pool maintenance is keeping the water clean. A good pump and filtration system makes the part of cleaning simple, without exerting much of an effort.
Most pool filtering systems utilize some kind of water top skimming device. Rather than to bore you with the various types, I will just tell you about the one I worked with. The basic function of the skimmers was quite simple. The pump would pull water from the pool through skimmer baskets located in the four corners of the pool, which would catch the big objects, (leaves, bugs, etc.), then on through the filter which would remove the smaller objects, (dirt, hair, etc.).
To clean the filter was just a matter of pushing a couple of buttons and turning a control knob. Cleaning out the skimmer baskets were almost as simple. But there was one problem though. Whenever the pool lights were left on for any period of time at night, the following morning I would find the skimmer baskets packed with drowned bugs. I don't particularly like bugs, so I really didn't care if they drowned or not, it was just annoying to try to dip them out of water which was swirling around like a supercharged miniature whirlpool.
As I would walk around the pool, I would find some of the same kind of bugs which had drowned, hiding under pool toys and under various other good hiding places such as towels and clothes left behind by the kids.
Most days I would vacuum the bottom of the pool, (Yes it is true, you can vacuum under water.), which would take about an hour and a half. Being a somewhat tedious task, I had plenty of time to let my thoughts wander. One day for some unknown reason, I started thinking about the bugs. I begin to ask myself why bugs would hide in dark places when the sun was out, yet drown their own selves trying to get to the pool lights at night. If their function in life is to seek light, if in their quest for light they will kill themselves flying towards light bulbs; then why do they not fly towards the sun? Why chase after a dull artificial light instead of the obvious brightness of the sun?
It was only a couple of minutes before my thoughts quite suddenly changed from bugs to people. A new question had abruptly come into my mind. The question; Does God ask Himself why people seek after artificial lights, which lead to their death, instead of seeking after the true light who is Jesus Christ, which leads to life everlasting?
There is only one true light, yet we as people seek after so many imitation lights. Artificial, imitation lights are nothing more than strange gods to God.
Some people seek after strange gods in the form of Buddha, Mohammed, reincarnation, humanism, evolution, the new age movement with all its different beliefs such as power in crystals, pyramid power, etc., and the list could extend much further on.
Some people seek after strange gods in the form of various lusts, such as the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, the pride of life. A few of which are; alcohol, drugs, sex, money, power, self-exaltation, and again the list could extend much further.
All of these things are imitation and artificial lights which we as people have placed between God and ourselves. When we place anything between ourselves and God, it becomes an idol, a false god, an abomination, which brings the wrath of God. There is only one true light, let us seek that true light.
Who or what is that true light? It is Jesus Christ, the only Begotten Son of God.
John 1:1-18 (KJV);
(1) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
(2) The same was in the beginning with God.
(3) All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
(4) In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
(5) And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
(6) There mas a man sent from God, whose name was John.
(7) The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
(8) He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that light.
(9) That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
(10) He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
(11) He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
(12) But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
(13) Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
(14) And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
(15) John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me; for he was before me.
(16) And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace.
(17) For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
(18) No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.
The Word is Jesus, the Light is Jesus. Let us compare these verses with other verses of the Bible, to see just exactly who this Word, this Light, that is Jesus Christ really is and what all this means to us.
(1-2) "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning With God."
These two verses tell us that Jesus, though He is the Son of God, that He is also God. And that He was with God from the very beginning of eternity.
John 10:30 (KJV), "I and my Father are one."
John 17:5 (KJV), "And now, 0 Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was."
Revelation 1:8 (KJV), "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty."
(3) "All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made."
Verse three tells us that Jesus made all things. The air we breathe, the water we drink, the land we walk upon, all things Jesus has created with His loving hands.
I Corinthians 8:6 (KJV), "But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him."
Colossians 1:15-17 (KJV), "Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in the earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist."
(4) "In him was life; and the life was the light of men." Verse 4 tells us that Jesus is life, and that He gives us His light, that is, eternal life.
2 Timothy 1:9-10 (KJV), "Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world begin, But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel."
Colossians 3:4 (KJV), "When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory."
(5) "And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not."
Verse 5 tells us that even though Jesus showed Himself to all mankind, that many men refused to understand the Light, the way to salvation, the way to eternal life with God.
Luke 22:67 (KJV), "Art thou the Christ? Tell us. And he said unto them, If I tell you, ye will not believe."
John 3:12 (KJV), "If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?"
2 Corinthians 4:3-4 (KJV), "But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them."
(6-9) "There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world."
Verses 6-9 tells us of John the baptist, of how he came to bear witness to the Light Jesus Christ.
Luke 3:2-9, & 15-18 (KJV), "The word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness. And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins; As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth; And all flesh shall see the salvation of God. Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, 0 generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. - And as the people were in expectation, and all men mused in their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ, or not; John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire: Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable. And many other things in his exhortation preached he unto the people."
(10) "He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not."
Verse 10 tells us that even though Jesus made all things in heaven and earth, mankind then and still today, refuses to acknowledge His existence. Be it proud worldly wisdom, desire for self gratification, strange religions, or for whatever the various reasons are, mankind has not heeded the call of Jesus.
John 3:19 (KJV), "And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil."
I Corinthians 1:18-23 (KJV), "For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness."
(11) "He came unto his own, and his own received him not."
Verse 11 tells us that not only did His own brother's reject Him, but His own people, the Jews, also rejected Him. Even though the prophets of old told of Jesus, the Jewish leaders and people would not receive Him.
John 7:3-7 (KJV), "His brethern therefore said unto him, Depart hence, and go into Judaea, that thy disciples also may see the works that thou doest. For there is no man that doeth anything in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly. If thou do these things, shew thyself to the world. For neither did his brethren believe in him. Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come: but your time is alway ready. The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil."
John 5:36-47 (KJV), "But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me. And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at anytime, nor seen his shape. And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not. Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. I receive not honour from men. But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you. I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. How can ye believe, which recieve honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only? Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses in whom ye trust. For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?"
(12) "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.
Verse 12 tells us of the good news of the precious gift of God to mankind, by and through His Son Jesus Christ.
John 3:16 (KJV), "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
Romans 8: 14-17 (KJV), "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together."
1 John 3:1-2 (KJV), "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is."
Glory to God, we have become His children, through Jesus Christ our Lord!
(13) "Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."
Verse 13 tells us that by accepting the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ, our spirit is born into the family of God. We do not become His children by being born by the blood of our parents, nor is it a birth from sexual desire, nor can any man say that this day I will become a son of God. It is by the will and power of God, that when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, that our spirits are reborn to become the children of God.
John 3:3-7 (KJV), "Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again."
(14) "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth."
Verse 14 tells us three things about God incarnate, Jesus Christ:
(A) "The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us."
Luke 1:30-33 (KJV), "And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: and he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end."
1 Timothy 3:16 (KJV), "And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory."
(B) "And we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father."
Though Jesus left His divinity behind, and walked this earth as a man, the glory of God the Father was and is upon Him.
2 Peter 1:16-18 (KJV), "For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount."
Hebrews 1:3 (KJV), "Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high."
2 Corinthians 4:6 (KJV), "For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ."
(C) "Full of grace and truth."
Grace is unmerited favor, Jesus is the embodiment of grace. And He is also all truth, as no deceit was found in Him.
Ephesians 1:7 (KJV), "In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace."
1 Timothy 1:14 (KJV), "And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus."
John 8:32 (KJV), "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth Shall make you free."
John 14:6 (KJV), "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."
I Peter 2:21-22 (NKJV), "For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth."
(15), "John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me."
Verse 15 again tells us of John the Baptist as a witness to Jesus, just as verses 6-9 above. All four of the gospels tell of John's witness to Jesus, but it was also prophesied by Isaiah 700 years before the birth of Jesus.
Isaiah 40:1-5 (KJV), "Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the Lord's hand double for all her sins. The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it."
(16) "And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace."
Verse 16 tells us of two precious gifts that we have received from God through Jesus.
(a). "And of his fullness have all we received."
Colossians 1:19-22 (KJV), "For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell; and, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight."
(b). "And grace for grace."
Again grace is unmerited favor. The grace of God does not stop with redemption, His grace to salvation continues into all things.
Hebrews 4:16 (KJV), "Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need."
(17) "For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ."
Verse 17 tells us that God gave the law to man through Moses, (The first 5 books of the Bible contains the bulk of the laws of God.). But man could not keep the law, therefore man could not be justified. The law did not bring salvation, it brought the recognition of sin. Salvation came by grace and truth, which is Jesus Christ, and by faith in him.
Romans 3:20-26 (KJV), "Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God: To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus."
(18) "No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him."
Verse 18 tells us that no man can see God in all His glory and live. The human body could not stand to be in the presence of the power and energy which is the glory of God. But God manifest in the flesh, Jesus Christ, has shown unto us God the Father.
Exodus 33:20 (KJV), "And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live."
Matthew 4:23 (KJV), "And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people."
John 14:8-11 (KJV), "Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? He that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake."
The true Light, Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son. By Him were all things created, and to His creation He brought His light. He shined His light on all men to light the path of knowledge and truth which leads to righteousness before God. Men cannot of their own selves be righteous before God. By faith in the death and resurrection of the true Light, Jesus Christ, men become righteous before God.
Jesus Christ, this is the true Light which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. This is the true Light which is the beacon that guides men to salvation and eternal life with Him. This is the true Light, which gives power to those that believe on His name to become the sons of the living God. This is the true Light which brings glory to God.
If you have already accepted the true Light, Jesus Christ, as your Lord and Savior, then praise God. If you have not yet accepted the true Light, Jesus Christ, as your Lord and Savior, and would like to, you can do it right now. Just say a simple prayer. Ask Jesus to come into your heart, confess and ask for forgiveness of your sins, (You do not have to try to list each individual sin, just forgive me of my sins is sufficient if you really mean it in your heart.), repent of your past life, and ask Jesus to be the Light of your life and to guide you, and that Jesus will be the Lord and Savior of your life. All this be for the glory of God.
Praise God, Halleleuigh, Amen.
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