While reading the Gospels it becomes very clear that Jesus Knew where he was from, where he was going and most of all what he was meant to be doing. One of the things I like about him was that he was so confident about who he was, this meant he was able to give himself some pretty big titles. Names like Resurrection , True vine and The way tell us that he is more than just a good teacher.
In the book of John, Jesus reveals another name for himself, which should give everyone who reads it hope. John 8:12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” Because the world is full of darkness and there is more than enough counterfeit light to go around, our only hope is in the one who defeated the darkness on the cross and gives real life.
When I came across this scripture this morning the first thing that came to my mind were some lyrics from a Keith Green song. Can’t you see it’s such a sin. The world is sleeping in the dark that the church cant fight, Cause its asleep in the light. How can you be so dead , when you’ve been so well fed. Jesus rose from the grave and you, you can’t even get out of bed. Jesus rose from the dead, come on, get out of your bed.
I believe there is a large percentage of the church who have been made alive in Christ, but are living as if they are dead. I am going to put it out there and suggest that this is because they simply don’t know or understand the power of the Word or the promises of God. While many in the church are asleep in the light, how can we daily experience the benefits of being children of God, and how can we expect the world to take us seriously if we look and sound the same as everyone else. Like the song says “how can you be so dead, when you’ve been so well fed.” We have been giving so much!
Some of us need a gentle nudge while others need to be pushed out of our comfy snooze time. The light of the world is with us and by following him we will not only never walk in darkness, but we will have the light of life to share with those around us. And God knows the that the world needs a redeemer and for the Church to be his hands and feet.
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