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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The Light of the World – John 12:35-36



      At creation, God separated the light from the darkness. Jesus is now saying that He too must divide the light from the darkness in those who love and follow Him. (John 12: 35-36) God’s ways don’t change! We are born in spiritual darkness, but "God commanded the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." 2 Corinthians 4:6 Jesus is the Eternal Light for all mankind. In His Light we see light. (Psalm 36:9) Jesus delivers us from the power of darkness. (see Colossians 1:12-13) Even though we have been given the new nature of light in Christ, our old nature of darkness is still active within. 
      We still have night and day, but in the end in the New Jerusalem, the Holy City, there will be no night. Revelation 22:5“there will be no more night (darkness). They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light.” 22:5 In other words, we will reflect the Light of God and Jesus! All will be pure and Light in the New Jerusalem. The darkness will be gone!

Jesus Gives His Last Words to the Public – John 12:37

       Jesus gives His last words to the public. After this, He spoke only to His disciples. Jesus will soon be leaving the earth and return to His former glory with the Father in heaven. Jesus says to the crowd, “You are going to have the Light just a little while longer, before darkness overtakes you. The man who walks in the dark does not know where he is going.”v35 Jesus is the only way out of spiritual darkness. Jesus is standing amid God’s chosen people in Jerusalem as He was speaking about His Light. Out of His love for humanity, Jesus is warning this mostly Jewish crowd that those who reject Him, the Light of the world, will walk in spiritual and moral darkness. Sadly, God would blind the unbelievers because they were rejecting the Truth and Light – Jesus. They will not know where they are going. 

Believe in the Light

            “Put your trust in the Light while you have it, so that you may become sons of light.” Vv35-36 Jesus wants these unbelievers to become children of the Light. To "become" means that becoming sons and daughters of the Light is a process. Believing in Jesus gives the believers the right to become children of God. Not only did God give us the "right" to become sons and daughters of the Light -- Jesus, He gave us the power of Jesus/Word and the Holy Spirit to help us. Jesus is telling the crowd to enjoy the light and learn from Him while He is with them. Without Jesus’ enlightenment, we have no spiritual understanding of God -- His Word and His Character. The Truth is found in Jesus because He is Truth – all Truth. Out of His love for all, Jesus is warning those who reject Him of the darkness and confusion that will overtake all of humanity. “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 4:4-6 Light is invincible. Light triumphs over darkness. When we shine the Light of Jesus, we triumph over darkness and darkness cannot overtake us.
         The Word of God tells us that God is unapproachable Light. (see 1 Timothy 6:16) Jesus made the Light of God approachable! Jesus wants humanity to walk in His Light and put our trust in the Light so we become sons and daughters of the Light. We can’t be a participant in the life of God without the Light of God. Light and life go together. When a person walks in the Light of Christ, he or she becomes a sharer of His Light.
        Walking in the Light of Jesus while we are on the earth is a prelude to living in His Light in the New Heavenly Jerusalem.  Revelation 21:11: having the glory of God. Her Light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, clear as crystal.  Revelation 21:23: The city had no need of the sun or the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its Light.  Jesus, the Lamb of God, reflects the glory and light of God in this New Jerusalem. Believers in the Godhead will also reflect the light and glory of God like Jesus in this Holy City, as we are to do as we walk this earth. Ephesians 5:8: For once you were in darkness, now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of Light. When we walk in His light, He will guide our path and help us on our journey. The Word, Spirit, faith and obedience will mold and shape us. “This is how we know we are in Him: Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did.” 1 John 2:6 Jesus is Light and Truth. Both guide our walk with Him. “For you were once in darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of the light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth), and find out what pleases the Lord.” Ephesians 5:9-10 Jesus pleased God because He believed Him and obeyed Him. God said, “This is My Beloved Son in whom I am well-pleased.” (see Matthew 17:5; Mark 1:11; Luke 3:22; Luke 9:35)
         God has called us out of darkness into His marvelous Light. (1 Peter 2:9) Jesus said to His Heavenly Father, in John 17:22, “And the glory You gave Me, I have given them, that they may be one as We are One. Unity and the pure Truth bring glory to God and defeat of the devil. Unity can only come through pure Truth. Jesus, prior to His statement on giving God’s glory, also said in John 17 that He had revealed God to His disciples and “I gave them the words You gave Me, and they accepted them.” V8 The words that Jesus spoke were pure Truth because He is pure. In other words, He is the revealer, the truth teacher and the glory giver. His disciples accepted His Word as Truth. God will be glorified through them.
         In summation, believers are to:
·         believe in the Light
·         trust in the Light
·         walk in the Light
·         be sons and daughters of the Light
        When He had finished speaking, Jesus left and hid Himself from them. John 12:36 Jesus will no longer speak publicly to the multitudes. Now He will speak only to His disciples until His death, resurrection and ascension. After He has ascended, He will speak to and through those who love and follow Him.

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