Saturday, March 24

John 12:27-36 (ESV)

27 “Now is my soul troubled.  And what shall I say?  ‘Father, save me from this hour’?  But for this purpose I have come to this hour.  28 Father, glorify your name.”  Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.”  29 The crowd that stood there and heard it said that it had thundered.  Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.”  30 Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not mine.  31 Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out.  32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.”  33 He said this to show by what kind of death he was going to die.  34 So the crowd answered him, “We have heard from the Law that the Christ remains forever.  How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up?  Who is this Son of Man?”  35 So Jesus said to them, “The light is among you for a little while longer.  Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you.  The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going.  36 While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.”

When Jesus had said these things, he departed and hid himself from them.

As we near the end of this Lenten season, I hope that the reflections on this journey have drawn you closer to God.  He is the provider of life.  He is the light in the darkness, guiding you in like an angler fish draws in his prey, but in this case its redemption.

Jesus distinguished himself as this light in the darkness.  The light in the passage constantly must prove who He is.  But sadly, it is not just contained to this passage but the rest of the Gospel, and especially in our own life.

God is constantly having to gain our trust and love.  The light has to constant place His hand out, so we will hold it tight and be drawn in.  He should not have to do this, but he is a patient God.  He wants to redeem us.  Just let yourself be drawn in.

So how has Jesus drawn you in?  How is the light constantly trying to get your attention?  Have you tried to just sit and listen?

Someone once told me that the hardest thing to teach Christians is the concept of being still.  So, I challenge you this Lenten season to learn this skill, to leave the distraction behind and let God work within your brokenness.  Let the light pierce the darkness.

God, I pray for your guiding light.  Draw me in like an angler fish.  Help me to hear and be still.  To listen to you and that I would know you are God.  Amen


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