You and I, the light of the world

You and I- the light of the world

Based on John 8.12: I am the light of the world, and Matthew 5.14: You are the light of the world

When Jesus came to the world in person, he lived being the light in words and deeds; or, rather, in deeds and words. And then, he calls us to be the light of the world. No, actually he states that his followers are the light of the world. “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven”, he said.

Therefore, starting this Christmas season (2019), and continuing towards Easter 2020, Arab Vision will produce short video clips (around one to one-and-a-half minute each) featuring principles and deeds of Jesus, reminding us what it entails to be the light of the world.

The clips will most concretely present ideas of how Christians practice ‘being the light of the world’, while following Jesus’ example; here are a few:

  • Ease someone’s burdens (Matthew 11:28-30) Look around and become aware of people who need you to help carrying their burden, and simply offer a helping hand.
  • Feed the hungry (Mark 6:41) Jesus fed the 5000 through the agency of his disciples. As his follower, invite a needy person you know to dinner.
  • Heal the sick Pray for those who are sick, visit them (Matthew 25:36) Most practical: donate your blood in order to save others.
  • Care for the stranger (Matthew 25:35) Invite refugees for a meal. Help them to find their way, be welcoming
  • Visit the lonely Visit a nursing home, as at least 60% of the people there never get visitors. Invite a widow / widower to a meal.
  • Take children seriously Jesus didn’t treat children as a distraction from the real thing: teaching to adults. No, he even becomes upset when the disciples want to send the parents with their children away. So give them your time and real attention. Also, bring them to Jesus to be blessed. Also, practice forgiveness, gratitude, valuing others, peacemaking, and let Jesus’ light shine though you.

Goals of the Project

We aim to challenge Christians in the Arab World to represent Jesus as the Light of the world, by spreading His light through practical witness. As we know, through social media, and through satellite broadcasting, we reach many interested Arabs who don’t know Jesus as their Lord (yet), our goal is to show how He is the Light of the world, and to invite people to ask questions, start a conversation, to get to know Jesus Christ better.

The format of the clips will be a mix of drama pieces from the Jesus film, and newly produced drama, presenting concretely what it means to “ being the light of the world”.

Costs of this production are approximately US$ 20,000. Some funds have been promised already; we still need about US$ 13,000

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