Bringing light to the darkness

Jesus was speaking to the crowd when the legalists (Pharisees) brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. Jesus made it perfectly clear that the legalists were also sinners, but He did not publicly “shame” them, as they had shamed this woman. He concluded by saying, “I am the light of the world” (Jn. 8:12).

Oftentimes, we understand spiritual concepts by explaining them in physical terms that we can see, hear, or touch. Jesus brought light to the darkness of the Pharisees. It was a darkness of both understanding and intentions. The Pharisees left with no further accusation. Privately, Jesus told the woman to go and live a life of purity. The lesson for us all: live a life worthy of His love. Jesus brings light to everyone within the sound of His voice. He calls us all to a higher and more noble standard of conduct.

In a different instance, the crowd brings a blind man to Jesus asking “who” sinned, this man or his parents, that caused his blindness. Jesus said, “You’ve got it all wrong. Stop looking for someone to blame; and start looking for someone to solve the problem!” Jesus is the solution, and that’s why He says here again, “I am the light of the world” (Jn. 9:5). In this case, we might add: He is the light both physically and spiritually!

What does this mean for you and me? If people are in physical darkness, they can’t see physical things. If people are in spiritual darkness, they can’t see spiritual things. We need both. Let’s be like Jesus. Let’s have true compassion on all people. In every circumstance, let us look for an opportunity to bring the light of the world to others! The only thing I know about the dark, is you can’t see in it – either physically or spiritually.
Will you join me in Bringing Light to Darkness?

-Pastor Frank

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