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Bible Reading: 12th April 2015

John 12.46

46 I have come into the world as a light, so that all who believe in Me should not remain in the darkness.

In this world we are either in the light, or we are in the darkness.

There is no middle ground.

At night time when we walk into a dark room we switch on the light, and the darkness is illuminated. Even in the shadows there is light.

We all know that light is essential to living.

Jesus said that He came into the world as a light.

This is a tremendously great statement and assurance.

It tells us that God, in His great love for humanity, does not want anyone to be in darkness.

There are occasions when severe weather cuts off the electricity from homes. When this happens, the power companies do not want their customers to remain in darkness, so they work hard to restore the power and so bring light back to those homes.

It is in a greater way that God wants to bring this world into His glorious light, which is why He sent Jesus into the world, and Jesus confidently proclaimed: “I am the Light of the world. The person following Me shall by no means walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of Life” – John 8.12.

God does not want us to stumble around in the darkness of this world, instead He wants us to come to Jesus, the Light of the world.

What is the darkness? Paul gives us some examples: [19] When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, your lives will produce these evil results: sexual immorality, impure thoughts, eagerness for lustful pleasure, [20] idolatry, participation in demonic activities, hostility, quarrelling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, divisions, the feeling that everyone is wrong except those in your own little group, [21] envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other kinds of sin. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God – Galatians 5.19-21 (NLT).

This is the darkness that Jesus came to deliver us from.

By receiving Jesus as our Lord and Saviour we walk into His glorious light; we live in the beauty of the fruit of the Holy Spirit: [22] But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, He will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, [23] gentleness, and self-control – Galatians 5.22-23 (NLT).

Daily we must choose to live and walk in the light of Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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