Jesus, Light of the World

Jesus said, I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me shall stay in the dark.
— John 12:46

Has your electricity ever gone out? At night? Before iPhones and without batteries in your flashlights? You’re doomed to an evening of groping your house, using your hands as eyes, right? You move with hesitation and uncertainty, never confident of any step you take.

In Acts 17, the Apostle Paul gives an impassioned presentation of Christ’s Gospel as he understands it, to a group that had clearly never heard it. In it, he describes those who try to function in this world apart from a relationship with their Creator –a relationship sin severed –as blind people who are groping their way along life’s complicated halls, “seeking him and perhaps reaching out for him to find him” (27).

We were meant to live in relationship with our Creator. Like Adam in those cool Eden mornings before sin entered the world, we were meant to walk through life in partnership with Him, never having to guess at anything, but instead having full access to the God who created everything, including us.

Sin cut that cord, and God had no choice but to give us over to our desired sinfulness (Acts 1). Not satisfied to fully abandon us, God in His great mercy chose to offer us a chance to still live in unity with Him. Calvary reattached the cord that sin cut. The life we now live in the body, we live by faith in the Son of God, who loved us and gave himself for us (Galatians 2:20).

We still see people groping their way around though, don’t we? Searching for answers. Guessing at life. Making the best decisions they can according to their feelings. But they have no confidence. There is no certainty as they make life choices, and they simply do that which is right in their own eyes (Judges 17:6; 21:25).

 

If that is you, please read carefully-

You must be exhausted from all this searching.

Stop. Find rest.

 

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-29).

You are why Jesus came, and only He can provide you the Light you so desperately need.

There is a humility that comes with surrendering to this Light. It exposes just how lost and broken you truly are (John 1, 3).

But it is the only way to find rest for your weary soul.

 

Stop. Find rest. Trust God now.

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