“Come To The Light”

Posted: June 12, 2016 in Crowns, Evagelism, Gospel, Gospel of John, Salvation

John 8:12

As tension mounted and as the Jewish leaders were plotting to kill Him, Jesus went up to the Feast of Tabernacles (Booths) in Jerusalem. This was a time when the Jews celebrated their deliverance from Egypt and of their having to live in booths during the time of their wilderness wanderings. It lasted for 40 years because the older generation of Jews wouldn’t believe God and enter the land that He had promised to give to them (Genesis 15:18-21; Numbers 13:26-14:4). By the way, are you missing out on many blessings from God because you don’t know about God’s promises and/or won’t claim them and mix them with faith (Hebrews 4:2)? Make sure they are addressed to you, not the Jews. Don’t try to claim the promises that were given exclusively to them. Don’t be misled by those who say that the Church has replaced Israel.

Claim. It was during this feast time that Jesus made a very provocative statement. He said, “I AM the Light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life” (John 8:12). This probably happened about the time when the torch, that represented the pillar of fire by night (Exodus 13:21), was being put out as the feast was concluding.

Light. Some people love darkness and hate the light because it exposes their sinful deeds (John 3:19). Jesus had just shined the light on the hypocritical scribes and Pharisees who had brought a woman, taken in adultery, to Him for her to be stoned to death (John 8:4, 5). Because they were as guilty as she was, they all left one by one from the oldest to the youngest (John 8:9). “When one turns on the light, all the rats, the bats, and the bedbugs crawl away. Light exposes sin, which was the reason [they left].” – Dr. J. Vernon McGee

Mysterious. Light can do strange things. It can enlighten, warm, sustain, gladden, blind, and enable us to see colors. God saw mankind in moral, political, intellectual, and cultural darkness. He wanted all of us to come to the Light (Himself) and be saved from eternal darkness in the lake of fire (Jude 1:13; Matthew 11:28-30; 25:30, 41, 46). He desires the same for us today (1 Timothy 2:4). Have you come to “The Light” to be saved? If not, why not now?

Prophecy. Jesus, the God-man, came to earth to fulfill the prophecies that were made about Him. But most of His own people, the Jews, didn’t receive Him as their Messiah, King, and as the Son of God (John 1:11, 12; 20:31). Therefore, He extended salvation to include the non-Jews (Gentiles) so that anyone who would receive Him would be given the right to become children of God simply by believing in/on Him (John 3:16, 18, 36).

God’s Will. Jesus came to do the Father’s will (Hebrews 10:7, 10). He wanted men to see, in visible, human form, what God was like. So One of the three members in the Godhead added to His deity a true human nature and body (Philippians 2:5-11). He shed light in the darkness. Mankind was/is enslaved in/by moral, political, intellectual, and cultural darkness. Satan held them and still holds most people today under His control (2 Corinthians 4:4; 1 John 5:19). But upon believing in/on Christ, one’s spiritual eyes are opened and he/she is transferred out of Satan’s domain into God’s family (Colossians 1:13). We are set free from spiritual bondage (John 8:32-36). Are you enslaved in spiritual darkness? Would you like to be set free and receive eternal life?

Gospel. The Good News is that Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Just knowing and believing these facts can’t/won’t save you. But believing on the Lord Jesus Christ through these facts will result in your being saved (Acts 4:12; 16:31; John 3:16). “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name [character and works] of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:18, 36).

Return. While He was in the world, Jesus was the light of the world (John 9:5). But since He currently is seated at God the Father’s right hand in heaven (Ephesians 1:20), He can’t be seen by those of us who are on earth. So He commissioned true Christians to be reflectors of His light/life as long as we are here on earth (Ephesians 5:8; Galatians 2:20). A Christian doesn’t know how long God will keep him/her on earth. So we must treat each day as though it might be our last day on earth. Don’t waste time on things that have no eternal value. Perhaps you’ve heard it said, “Love people, use things.” Use the world system without abusing it because it is passing way (1 John 2:15-17; 1 Corinthians 7:31). You can’t take things to heaven with you but you can take other people with you. Do you know how to lead a person to Christ so he/she can be saved? If not, we’re here to help you discover one of life’s greatest joys. You can earn the “Crown of Rejoicing” by leading someone else to Christ (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20) and enabling him/her to enter heaven some day.

Christ Likeness. When we are filled with the Holy Spirit, He will produce the “Fruit of the Spirit” (love, joy, peace, etc.) in our lives (Galatians 5:22,23). These things need to be displayed before others as we are led by God the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18; Romans 8:14). Is sin (lawlessness – 1 John 3:4) keeping you from having these Christ like qualities in your life? Are you abiding in Christ (John 15:1-10)? Do you feel at ease in His presence, and does He feel at ease in your presence? Are you walking in the light as He is in the light so that you can have fellowship with Him (1 John 1:3-7)?

Future. When Jesus returns to this earth, after the seven years of the Tribulation (Daniel 9:27; Jeremiah 30:7), He will, once again, be the Light of the world (Malachi 4:2; Acts 1:9-11; See Revelation 22:5). He will return in all His glory with true Christians who will have been caught up (raptured) seven years before the Tribulation (John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 5:9). We will accompany Him when He returns to this earth to establish His millennial kingdom (Matthew 24:29ff; Jude 1:14; Revelation 19:16; 20:1-7). As the righteous Judge (2 Timothy 4:8), He will take vengeance on His enemies who mistreated Him and His people (Psalm 2:1-14; Romans 12:19; 2 Thessalonians 1:8; Revelation 6:10, 11).

Until Then. What is a Christian supposed to do while he/she is here on earth? We are to glorify God (make Him known) in all that we do and say (1 Corinthians 10:31). Will you let God live His life through your life (Galatians 2:20)? Will you display the “Fruit of the Spirit” before others as the Holy Spirit leads you (Galatians 5:22, 23; Romans 8:14)? Will you reflect “The Light” before others in a spiritually dark world? If you’re a true Christian, why wouldn’t you want to do this? Unsaved people and carnal Christians aren’t interested in doing these things. What is your true spiritual condition right now?

Help. If you’re not sure you’re a true Christian, or if you are a carnal Christian who needs some spiritual help, we’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change. We can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you. Will you share it with others so we can help them too? Thanks. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

 

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