After all the buzz about this year’s total solar eclipse (which will take place today around 2:44 PM EST) I did a little research. Come to find out partial solar eclipses happen 2.4 times a year. Total eclipses are a lot more rare. But I’m really not here to talk about the natural phenomenon of the moon blocking the sun’s light from earth. I want to talk about a completely different type of eclipse that happens way more regularly and is a lot more dangerous.
Being the Light or Blocking the Light?
Jesus used an interesting phrase to describe himself in John 8:12. He said, “I am the light of the world…” Of course, the physical light of our world is the sun. At another time he called his followers “the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14). Understanding that the source of our light comes from Jesus we could say that we are like the moon. We reflect the light of Jesus.
By design, the moon reflects the sun’s light into the dark of night. However, as we will see today, when the moon gets in front of the sun the light is cut off. Similarly, we reflect the light (love and power) of Jesus into the world. Unfortunately, when followers of Jesus follow our own agendas we can actually eclipse the Light of the World. This happens way too often.