Sunday, October 17th, 2010
"I shall . . . give you . . . as a light of the nations" (Isaiah 42:6)
During his earthly ministry, Jesus brought spiritual light primarily to the Jews. (Matthew 15:24; Acts 3:26) But Jesus stated: "I am the light of the world." (John 8:12) He became a light both to the Jews and to the nations not only by bringing spiritual enlightenment but also by offering his perfect human life as a ransom for all mankind. (Matthew 20:28) After his resurrection, he commissioned his disciples to be witnesses of him "to the most distant part of the earth." (Acts 1:8) During their ministry, Paul and Barnabas quoted the expression "light of the nations" and applied it to the preaching work they were accomplishing among non-Jews. (Acts 13:46-48; compare Isaiah 49:6) That work is still being pursued as Jesus' anointed brothers on earth and their companions spread spiritual light and help people to put faith in Jesus, the "light of the nations."
(Watchtower issue: 1/15/09, 4:11)