Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Red Words in Scripture

These are the words of Jesus. In some Bibles they're shown in red to remind us that Christ is speaking. His words are amazing and trustworthy.

John 8:12 I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.

John 9:5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

John 12:36 Put your trust in the light while you have it, so that you may become sons of light.

John 12:46 I have come into the world as a light so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.

John MacArthur says that light and darkness are symbols. “Intellectually light refers to biblical truth while darkness refers to error or wrong. Morally light refers to holiness or purity while darkness refers to sin or wrong-doing.” He also says darkness relates to Satan who rules our spiritually dark world. In contrast Jesus proclaims he is the light of the world. (John 9:5) Right after this he heals the physical sight of the blind man. (John 9:6-7).

These are awesome passages. What a vivid metaphor! – “I am the light of the world!” He does shed light on our world in so many ways and in him there is no darkness. And what a promise he gives – if we follow him we will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. Is this true? Maybe sometimes we forget to see his light in our dark world. We need to remind ourselves that his Holy Spirit is in us and with us no matter what is going on. I’m sure the blind man believed Jesus was the light of the world after Jesus restored his sight. We must trust in Him and trust our prior experiences and learning about Him when the world or our life seems most dark and difficult. Cling to His words and walk in His light. Reject Satan and the darkness.

Dear Father, We thank you for the truth in this beautiful scripture. We thank you that we know Jesus is the LIGHT OF THE WORLD. And he is the WAY, the TRUTH and LIFE.
Help us cling to Him and to His words. Help us follow Him faithfully on a daily basis. Shine your LIGHT on our path, Lord. We thank you and praise you.

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