34 The people answered Him, “We have heard from the law that the Christ remains forever; and how can You say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up’? Who is this Son of Man?”
35 Then Jesus said to them, “A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going.
36 While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” These things Jesus spoke, and departed, and was hidden from them.
How could the people of Jesus’ day have seen and heard so much from Him, watched the character and compassion of His life and still not believed that He was God in the flesh? Their eyes were blinded by tradition and the teachings of men. Their lives were filled with their ancient religion while ignoring the Author of that faith. They were content to practice what God said about Temple worship but were not interested in hearing what God said about their lives.
Jesus claimed to be the Light of the world and told them here that He, the Light, was with them. In the light of Jesus Christ they knew where they were going. He was constantly teaching them His truths and guiding their understanding. This is what spiritual light does, it guides us through the various pitfalls and situations of life. Christ, our Light, leads us around deception, worthless tradition, and empty ritual. He leads us into His presence where we find grace, peace and fullness of joy.
Verse 36 tells a sad truth: when people reject the Lord long enough he eventually cannot be found by them. There came a time when Jesus stopped teaching them. He was preparing for Calvary and they were not interested in Jesus the Savior only Jesus the great provider of bread and fish for their human stomachs.
“Lord Jesus, we are listening to you today. Our hearts and minds are open to Your teaching from Your word. We need your guidance and we want your instruction. May we see your unique leading today.”
Paul often asked his readers to pray for him. Today, I am asking for your prayers.
Pray today also for Sunday’s outreach. Our hearts are heavy for the souls of the people of Naperville who have everything but without Christ have nothing. They are sick with success and aren’t even aware of where this sickness is taking them. We grieve for them knowing what is ahead, just around the corner. But in their sinful darkness they are blind to the upcoming ditches and pits of life. Only the Lord, the Light of the world, can shine truth into their hearts bringing conviction of sin and a crisis of soul that cries out for the Savior and Lord Jesus Christ.
Have a great day in the Lord,