Today's Reading: John 12: 27-36
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Please click this link to read John 12: 27-36
This passage is to follow yesterday's theme to lead us to a deeper level of the meaning of glory. The key in the whole Gospel of John is about the glory, the glory of the father to be shown in how Jesus was totally committed to doing God's will, his glorious moment to die on the Cross for our sins.
N.T. Wright says:
Jesus was aiming to overthrow the kingdom of the world and replace it with the kingdom of God. But the victory was to be of a totally different sort. It was all about his being 'lifted up', exalted - on a pole, like the serpent in the wilderness (John 3: 14-15). That's how the world would be rescued.
To understand the glory of God is difficult. To practice the glory of God is even more difficult. The clue is in verse 35 -36:
Then Jesus told them, “You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. The man who walks in the dark does not know where he is going. Put your trust in the light while you have it, so that you may become sons of light.”
There is no way to understand or to practice God's glory because what the world teaches us is a totally different "glory"! Only to be obedient, follow and watch the "light" - Jesus, that we have a better chance to understand and to give our all to glorify God. That's what glory really means!
Is that too difficult for you to follow Jesus each day?
Have a time to be still and give the Holy Spirit space to speak through the passage of scripture we have just read. Offer this time up to Jesus as you listen to him, while listening to "Gabriel's Oboe"
What I heard from Jesus today is: Walk while you have the light!
Jesus gives me a very clear message that without following Him each day and each minute we are in darkness and don't know where we are going(v. 35). Lots of people are making lives so complicated and so they walk in darkness. Having wrong directions or do not even know where to walk to!
When Jesus told them to walk while they had the light is that they were not going to see Jesus anymore. And after Jesus saying the whole message he hid himself. We are in a far better situation now because Jesus wants to be with you each day and He will never hide himself from you if you follow Him as your Lord. How good it is, isn't it? Our only way to live a "glorious life" so that we can glorify God is to walk while the "light" is with us! Got it?
Dear Lord Jesus,
Help us to understand our only way is to walk with you because you are the light of the world. Without you we are in darkness. Lead us into your light. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
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