Posted on Sat, Apr 16, 2011
April 16, 2011 Brad Lewis
34th Day of Lent John 12:34-36
In our physical world and in our minds, every day starts with light and ends with darkness. But when we are controlled by the world, even the best of days can seem dark. One such day is reported here in the Bible.
To the crowd that had just waved palm branches and shouted “Hosanna!” as Jesus rode a donkey into Jerusalem, a long stretch of darkness—of occupation and oppression—has been replaced by light: the Messiah is finally here! This is the man who raised Lazarus from the dead!
But Jesus gives them perplexing news: he will be “lifted up from the earth” and “will draw all people” to himself. This is not what they expected: their day has just turned dark. Jesus, aren’t you staying? What’s this business of the Son of Man being lifted up? We thought the light of this day would last forever!
Jesus tells them that the light of the day could last forever: “While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of light.”
But they aren’t ready to believe: The crowd that came to see Jesus end the darkness of occupation and conflict concludes that they have to wait for someone else to give them a new day—the arrival of the light.
“The crowd answered him, we have heard from the law that the Messiah remains forever. How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?” Jesus said to them, ‘The light is with you for a little longer. Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness may not overtake you. If you walk in the darkness, you do not know where you are going. While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of light.”
What about us? In our times of darkness, are we convinced there will be new light because of the Savior we follow? There’s no better time to remind ourselves than now!
Lord, let us walk as children of the light, secure in the knowledge that when we follow You, we follow the light of the world. Help us to walk in Your light even when it seems darkest. In the name of him we follow, Jesus Christ, Amen.
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