John 8:12-19 (NRSV)
I am the light
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life." Then the Pharisees said to him, "You are testifying on your own behalf; your testimony is not valid." Jesus answered, "Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid because I know where I have come from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going. You judge by human standards; I judge no one. Yet even if I do judge, my judgment is valid; for it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father who sent me. In your law it is written that the testimony of two witnesses is valid. I testify on my own behalf, and the Father who sent me testifies on my behalf." Then they said to him, "Where is your Father?" Jesus answered, "You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also."
On this New Year’s Eve, I am deeply comforted by Jesus’ statement, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”
This statement comforts me because I am well aware of the fact that I—like many others—will make New Year’s resolutions on this evening. I will set goals and make plans regarding what I think should happen to me, and to my family, in 2010.
Some of my goals will be realized; others will not. I must confess to you that I actually have a New Year’s Resolution that has appeared on every list since 1994. Shame on me! Perhaps this will be the year! (giggle)
It is clear to me that although I “see through a glass dimly,” God does not! Jesus is the light of the world and is generous enough to cast that light abundantly into my life (and yours) on a daily basis!
As a result, we don’t have to stumble around in the darkness. We don’t have to live confused and dismayed. We don't have to wonder if anyone loves or cares about us! We don't have to do any of these things because Jesus has promised to be Light unto our path and to unconditionally love us no matter where it is that we may go!
I don't know about you, but I am so glad that there is no path that is too dark for our God. There are no stops on our journey that Spirit did not anticipate.
No matter who you are--or what you've done--you can't out sin, outfox, or outrun the love of God that has been revealed to us through Christ Jesus!
Since this is uncategorically true, I want to invite you to step into the Light. JESUS is the Light; the Light of the World!
If you do not have a personal relationship with GOD, it is time. It is no accident that you are reading this blog today. I believe that God led you to this place and time in order to tell you that God loves you so much that God gave Jesus to die on the cross to save you from your sin and gift you with eternal life. Jesus did not stay dead but was resurrected on the third day, just as he promised that he would!
When we put all of our hope in Jesus and in this good news message, believing it with all our heart and soul, we are saved!
Becoming a Christian is not rocket science. You don't have to do any hocus pocus, jump through any hoops, or complete any impossible feats. JESUS has already done all of the hard work for you; all you have to do is believe that Jesus died for you and is willing and able to forgive all of your sin and shortcomings.
I can’t think of a better way to enter 2010 than with the blessed assurance that your sin is forgiven and your eternal life secure.
Won’t you please pray with me?
Gracious God, thank you that Jesus is the Light of the world! Today I am putting all of my hope in Jesus. I believe that Jesus died on the cross and rose again on the third day to make atonement for my sin and to gift me with eternal life. Thank you for such Amazing Grace and Unconditional Love. Please forgive me of my sin and fill me with your Holy Spirit so that I will be able to walk in the Light in 2010. I love you and I will share our love with others. I pray this in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
If you just prayed that prayer for the first time, today, you are saved! Let me encourage you to tell a Christian friend that you just put all of your hope in Jesus. Ask him or her to help you find a Bible that is easy for you to understand and to find a good Bible believing church where you can be baptized and make new friends who will walk with you on your Christian journey!
I would be honored if you would let me know about your decision today by clicking "YES" in the poll located in the upper-right hand corner of the good news blog in answer to the question, "Did God save you today?"
Congratulations and Happy Re-birthday! Your salvation is our GOOD NEWS, please go and share the GOOD NEWS with others!