John 9:5-7 (NIV) – While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam”… So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.
“Chapter 9 can almost be described as a ‘case study’ of Jesus’ message in the second half of chapter 8. He is the true light that surpasses anything available in the temple; he is a messenger from God, bearing God’s word for the world and giving life to all who believe… The man who once lived in darkness now has light (in both eye and heart), while those arrayed against him have sound eyes but nevertheless live in spiritual darkness.” [John, NIVAC]
Jesus is not only able to claim that he is the light of the world (you/me/us), but he can also do it – he can make it so in our lives. He is able to create something out of nothing, order out of chaos, just as God did it at the beginning of the world, Jesus does it now by being the light of the world. We are not of or in darkness, we are of and in THE light. We can see truth, make right judgments, and be spiritually discerning.
Prayer: Jesus, we thank you for healing our spiritual blindness. Forgive us for acting out staggering in the darkness. Empower us to stand, walk and be in the light. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
“A second way God’s light broke in during that time was about that dark, heavy cloud… After an intense night of wrestling with this I called my pastors to ask for help. They instructed me to pray and memorize Psalm 91. I spent that week writing, reading aloud, praying, singing, memorizing that psalm, clinging on to it. It was through these times in the Word – actively choosing the Word over my own thoughts or emotions, actively drawing near and seeking to dwell in his shelter and experience the intimacy of being covered with his feathers, actively asking for faith and choosing to believe he is my refuge and will save me from danger and destruction that I experienced the lifting off of that weight and darkness… I felt it lifting off of me, and I have never felt that weight or that darkness since then.” [excerpt from Kim Woo’s testimony]
Let’s worship with the song “Obsession” by Hillsong. The only verse repeated over a dozen times in the song are these six words, “and my heart burns for you.” It is both a declaration that it is so and a prayer that it would be so.
Prayer: Father, burn in us, burn in our hearts, burn in our minds, burn in our souls, a love for you greater than the darkness, the brokenness, the emptiness. Help us to do the things – reading, singing, praying, memorizing – that place us before you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
You, Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.
With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall.
“He was, a few days before Christmas, airlifted to intensive care and we began to fight for Jackson’s life… and a couple weeks into the fight we got a text one night from Joel that they weren’t sure he was going to make it through the night. And as soon as I heard and read the message, it was like this giant of unbelief stood in front of me. And I just thought Jackson’s gonna die tonight, we’re not going to see the miracle. And as this giant stood in front of me, all of a sudden, out of my gut, this song started coming out right in the face of the giant – ‘I raise a hallelujah, in the presence of my enemies, I raise a hallelujah, louder than the unbelief.’ ” [excerpt of Jonathan Helser’s sharing, Bethel Music]
Let’s consider that in our darkest moments, God breaks through with his light. In the face of a giant of unbelief, a giant of rebellion, a giant of pain, the Lord helps us to advance, to fight, to defeat these very giants.
Prayer: Father, help us to sing a little louder, read a little longer, prayer a little deeper for surely you alone bring us moments of saving, healing, and transforming breakthrough. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
2 Samuel 22:29 (NIV) – You,Lord, are my lamp; the Lord turns my darkness into light.
“I learned faith from… a praying mother. One night I was in my room and we were in the middle of a situation about to be evicted… I heard my mom crying in the middle of the night and I wondered what was up so I got up out of my bed and I went over to her room… the crying that I heard wasn’t the kind of crying that I thought it was. She was kneeling next to the bed thanking God for his faithfulness. Even though she may not see the situation changing she was declaring, ‘God, you’re still good and I thank you for what we do have. We may not have all that we’ve been asking for, but we thank you that we have everything that we need because we have you Jesus.’” [John Wilds’ testimony, Jesus Image ’19 Choir]
Let us learn faith. Let us learn and experience that Jesus turns all our darkness into light, all our situations into light, all our thoughts and emotions into light. Let’s worship with the song “Way Maker” and you can listen to John Wilds’ testimony at the 7.31 mark.
Prayer: Father, help us to believe, even when we don’t see it, even when we don’t feel it, you never stop working. You never stop being the I AM, in presence and action in our lives. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
John 8:12 (NIV) – 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.”
“Jesus says it very clearly, ‘whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’ Here, as Jesus commands us to follow him, the language is of journey and direction; that as we follow Jesus – we will NEVER walk in darkness. The darkness is not knowing who Jesus is, not knowing his saving and intimate presence, not knowing that we are the children of God, not knowing that we are his church. Sadly in this world, those who live in darkness eventually learn how to navigate within that darkness. Yet, something incredible happens when we’ve been exposed to real bright light – when we come into any darkness, it seems even darker than we had previously perceived. Meaning, we are a lot more sensitive in discerning what darkness when it is exposed by true light.” [paraphrased from P. Gus’ message]
Let’s worship to the song, “Another in the Fire” by Hillsong. In the fiery darkness of different circumstances – Jesus, the light of the world, is with us.
Prayer: Lord, when we follow you, when we are with you, there can only be light. Help us to see the truth of this, that we do not and never will walk in darkness. May your light expose the areas that need your loving transformation. In Jesus’ name, Amen.