November 24, 2020 – Tuesday
John 12:35-36 NIV
35 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. Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going. 36 Believe in the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of light.” When He had finished speaking, Jesus left and hid Himself from them.
Jesus spoke the above in reply to some in a crowd shouting out these questions (v34), We have heard from the Law that the Messiah will remain forever, so how can you say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up’? Who is this ‘Son of Man’? It was as if the people had not been taught anything of the pain and suffering of the Messiah to come as found in Psalm 22. Here are two verses from Psalm 22 that are prophetic of Jesus on the cross, 16b they pierce my hands and my feet and from v18 They divide my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment. Then there is chapter 53 in Isaiah which has even greater details of his pain and anguish, such as v5, But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed, and verse 10, But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.
Yes, He would (will) eventually return to remain forever. Revelation tells us so, but Psalm 22 and Isaiah 53 (among others) would have to be fulfilled first. Still, what was Jesus speaking of about the light and believing in the light? I think the answer may be found in the first five verses of the first chapter of John, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. Life itself was in and from Jesus and as it said here that life was the light of all mankind. Then in v9, The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.
With the above verses as references, Jesus’ answer makes a great deal of sense. Especially when He said, Believe in the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of light, because as children of light He would abide in us and we in Him as He said in John 15:4, Remain in Me as I remain in you. That way He would continue to provide light throughout our lives even though He was not physically with us. His apostles after Pentecost continued to provide His light and then the writings of the New Testament as well. If you are not sure of that remember the first verse in the book of John as given above, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. No, the Bible is not Jesus, but He is clearly revealed to us within the Bible.
Some people wonder how we can believe we hear from God personally. I can appreciate that, but then again, they do not have the Holy Spirit, nor do they have Jesus abiding within. Do we, do I, hear from God every day or many times within the day? No. But when my mind is clear, and I have been praying there are times I can hear His still quiet voice speaking quite clearly to me. Sometimes it is a rebuke, other times approval, and still other times simply an assurance He is there.
Prayer: Heavenly Father – It is such a gift to have the Holy Spirit and Your Son abide within us as believers. You have blessed us mightily. It is often difficult to know what You want from us, but between Your word, the Bible, and taking time to pray, Your will for our lives and our actions becomes clear. Thank You for Your patience, Your mercy, and Your love, but most of all for Your Son in whose name we pray. – Amen.