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“Dear Holy Spirit, shine your light into the places of darkness in my life. Show me my sins, everything that blocks me from encountering God and having Jesus as my Lord. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”
"Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross for our sins and being victorious over death and sin. I confess my sins to you(pause, to tell Jesus what the Holy Spirit has shown you). Forgive my sins by your blood and help me follow you. Holy Spirit, fill me that I may be able to receive your gifts to love God and His people. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen."
Today's John describes a woman being caught in adultery. Jesus saved her that she did not have to be stoned to death according to Moses Law. Jesus led her to confess her sins and she followed Jesus after that. She saw with her own eyes how Jesus resurrected her younger brother Lazarus and she used an expensive perfume equal the amount of a year's wages to pour on Jesus' feet. Is this change miraculous?
An adulterer, a prostitute could be accepted by Jesus and became the best friend of Jesus. She stood by the cross when Jesus died with Jesus' mother and she was the first one to be able to see the resurrected Jesus and heard Jesus voice talking to her!
Who is this woman? She is Mary Magdalene!
Holman Hunt, a famous English artist had a painting using John's theme "The Light of the World" and now hanging in St. Paul's Cathedral, London. A message combining John 8:12 and Revelation 3:20.
The renowned Christian leader, Rev. Dr. John Stott had his born again experience because of this painting when he was seventeen. In Timoth Dudley-Smith's John Stott A Biography, John said:
"Up till now Christ had been on the circumference and I have but asked Him to guide me instead of giving Him complete control. Behold! He stands at the door and knocks. - I have heard Him and now is He come into my house. He has cleansed it and now rules therein. If Satan comes along and knocks at the door, I will not go and answer it, succumbing to the 'pleasures of sin', - but Christ will go to the door, at whose sight Satan will flee. If Christ is my Master, sin is dead under my feet."
Mary Magdalen opened the door, John Stott opened the door, I open the door everyday, many people open the door everyday to invite Jesus to enter into our lives daily to control and rule us as Lord and King and we do not walk in darkness anymore!
Have you opened the door today for Jesus to come in?