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Daily Reading: 26th March 2015


John 12.35-36

35 Then Jesus said to them:For a little time the Light is with you, while you have the Light walk (in it), so you are not overtaken by the darkness. The one walking in darkness does not know where he is going.

36 While you have the Light you must believe in the Light, so that you may become sons of the Light.

Jesus said these things and going away He hid from them.

The crowds had asked Jesus the question: “Who is this Son of Man?”

The reply of Jesus may not appear to give a direct answer. However, what He says tells us that the Son of Man is the Light, since in His reply Jesus says that they will have the light with them for a little while. This again implies that the Son of Man must face death, and go through it.

There is no one who brings light into the hearts and minds of man as Jesus does.

He is the Light that overcomes the darkness. He is the Light that no amount of darkness can penetrate. Indeed John begins his gospel with the famous words:

4 In Him was Life, and the Life was the Light of men;

5 And the Light shines in the darkness, but the darkness cannot take possession of it.

This is part of the great news of the gospel. Having received Jesus as our Lord and Saviour we have His Light shining within us, and it is such a brilliant light that the darkness of Satan cannot overcome it. It is true that he may attack us, and cause a shadow to be upon us, but whatever shadow he may inflict it cannot remove, or overshadow the brilliance of the Light of Jesus shining deep within our souls.

All too often there are Christians who give too much credit to the activity of Satan within their life. However, it would seem that Jesus did not speak that much about the activity of Satan within our life, nor do we find that much is said within the New Testament. Instead there is the concentration of the fact that Jesus lives within us in the power of the Holy Spirit.

In this we must rejoice. Paul wrote to the Colossians and said: For this is the secret: Christ lives in you, and this is your assurance that you will share in His glory – Colossians 1.27 (NLT).

It is Christ who lives in us and He is stronger than all the powers of darkness put together.

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