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Jesus by ‘turning on the light’ has provided the only stairway possible between heaven and earth. Every other ostensible staircase that has not been founded on the Living God in Christ will sooner or later be destroyed. That lonely man I had seen in the only lit apartment represents the believer who tries hard to be a Christian by using his own little ‘light’, that is, his own mind and reason that have not been illuminated from above. He is limited in his small flat while the liberty to move between heaven and earth with his Lord is very, very close to him. However, he cannot see it yet as such a possibility seems to be far beyond him in his prison-like earthly dwelling place.

What was not possible there in this dark building, either, was true fellowship in the Body of Christ through all those believers living there. They neither had a connection to their Head which is Christ nor to one another by the Holy Spirit indwelling them. Except for one flat all other apartments had not been lit at all. It appeared to me that those Christians were no longer seeking the truth on their own. It was only one representative Christian who was still seeking (the man in the lit apartment). Since darkness always represents death in one form or another, the dark staircase displays today’s spiritual condition of ‘the Church’ on the whole.


It was only today as I came to see that the lonely man whose identity I do not want to reveal on here was someone very close to our family. However, I had not come to hear about his death struggle until yesterday. We prayed for him to be redeemed from his bodily pain and I, suffering from pains myself, asked the Lord to take this man into the kingdom of God where he could experience eternal peace and so much more. During this night and later another person and I both got a confirmation from God that this man had been delivered from all his suffering here on earth before we got to know it as a matter of fact.

Today I realized that looking up from the dark bottom into what looked similar to the tunnel of a near-death-experience truly had to do with death. The apartment dimly lit in which this man was searching for “something” had been pretty close to the more enlightened top where Jesus had been standing while looking down. When our Lord enlightened this dark tunnel or staircase from the bottom up (the bottom represented death or Hades), the light spread everywhere and thus opened the way, the stairway to heaven for everyone who was searching for the truth.

Christians have almost ceased to seek the truth for themselves as they rather follow those who claim to have more light than they really do. Nowadays it is truly a rare thing to find another believer who has given up on searching for the truth on this earth, in earthly buildings (churches) and in earthly teachers or preachers. You need to walk for years on end until you finally find another Christian who has been born from above and knows the real God through Jesus Christ rather than doctrine, teachings and creeds. Where is our real hope, dear brothers and sisters? Can we fix our beliefs in a system that is called Christianity or do we want to go on and leave that which hinders us to see the truth which alone can set us free?  🙄

We might ask what happens if one or another believer eventually comes to see the light that has been hid before his eyes when he turns to the window and looks outside to the true stairway, so to speak?  🙄 We read in Isaiah this part which is often heard in churches at Christmas time,

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone. You have multiplied the nation; you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as they are glad when they divide the spoil. For the yoke of his burden, and the staff for his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian. (Is 9:2-4 ESV)

When Jesus has broken this false religious or other yoke that was on our shoulders, when He has set us free from our unimportant self-life to walk with Him wherever He leads, we can rejoice whatever happens on the outside as this world and all who dwell on it will be eclipsed at the sight of Him. Then there is only one bright light left that will never ever be quenched. Our eyes will be fixed on Jesus Christ Who is The Light of the whole world. Our Lord wants to share this eternal light with every one of us so that this dark world will realize that there is real hope of deliverance from everything that causes us human beings fear. Our Lord is mighty to do what we cannot do as He promised with the following words,

“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.” (Is 61:1-3 KJV)

What I tried to share with many words on here, T. Austin Sparks did with only a few with which I want to close now. If we do not know where our daily struggles and tribulations come from, here is TAS’ answer.

If you ask what the secret of misery is I can tell you very quickly: to be occupied with yourself. The secret of joy is to be occupied with the Lord. (1)

(1) https://www.austin-sparks.net/english/books/000749.html

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