Light of the world you stepped out into darkness, open my eye let me see today…
“So Jesus said to them, “The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” (John 12:35-36)
Jesus, your warning “Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness may not overtake you” speaks on at least two different levels. To the Jewish people in Jerusalem to whom You spoke, the warning was a reminder that there was only a little time left for them to accept You as their Messiah. To me and you, all those later individuals to whom the Gospel of John was written, and to every person since, the words of Jesus are also a warning to us that there is a finite, limited time in which each individual has opportunity to respond to you Jesus, the Light of the world; and after that comes darkness. Through belief in the light and its salvation we enter into the infinite light and love of Christ, however we all have a finite time on this earth to make that decision. One's response to the Light made in time decisively determines one's judgment for eternity.
Our decision to believe in the light makes us, "sons of light" (v.36). This means essentially "people characterized by light," that is, "people of God." The expression sons of light does not just mean people who made a one-time decision of belief, but it refers to men and women to whom the truth of God has been revealed and who are therefore living according to that truth, living as people of light, thus, living as people of God. Being a person of light in their workplace, schools, family, and neighborhood. Jesus you explained “A lamp isnʼt brought to be put under a basket or under a bed, is it? Isnʼt it to be placed on a lampstand?” (Mark 4:21) If we have received the light of Christ’s salvation, and we fail to share this light with others, our life is one of darkness, the same as those who walk in darkness, and offers no hope or light to those around us who without receiving this light will perish in eternal darkness. They also have a finite time to believe, and if we withhold and do not share the Light with them, we are condemning them to eternal darkness.
My family, I pray you will choose to be a person of light today, living as a person of light, and sharing your light today with persons who are still living in darkness. In Jesus’ name. Please pray the same for me. God bless you my friends!
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