Saturday – March 5, 2016
Day 25 – John 12:37-50
Focus: vss. 45-46
45 And whoever sees me sees him who sent me. 46 I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.
In the Black Hills of South Dakota it’s easy to find a secluded spot where there isn’t a single man-made light to be found. I had a favorite spot in the southern Hills called Russell Flats. Russell Flats is just a few miles north of Edgemont, SD and up in the mountains. When you live in the city you can only see the brightest stars that aren’t overpowered by street lamps and house lights that make the city glow on the horizon. But in a place like Russell Flats there are no such lights anywhere. The number of stars that you can see is absolutely amazing. The night sky is almost solid with bright little pin-pricks of light striving to reach the earth. Farmers know about this kind of starry night, too. They live outside of town and they get it. They get that the darkest of night isn’t so dark when you get away from mankind and move into the kind of light only God can provide.
The hardest verse to read in today’s scripture passage is 43, “for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God.” This is the reason so many of those who believed in Jesus didn’t speak up – they were afraid of what other men would do to them. They saw the light and willingly chose to stay the in the darkness. They knew who Jesus was and they rejected Him anyway.
I get it. I know it’s hard to see through the darkness – that’s what darkness does. When there is darkness in your heart the light hurts so you retreat back into the darkness. Believing in Jesus is the hardest simple thing to do. It’s easy in concept but hard in practice. Verse 43 happens when the non-believer chooses the praise of men rather than the cross of Christ. It happens when you’re faced with a heart that recognizes the truth of Jesus but a mind that fears the rejection of Man for accepting Him. It also happens when those who claim to believe in Jesus choose to hide the light of Christ rather than let it shine for all to see. It happens when we’re too afraid to stand up for His truth or let people know that we are Christians.
Are you a verse 43 believer? If you were to rank the importance of Jesus in your life would He anything other than in the number 1 position? Do your family and friends know you’re a believer? How would they know? Does your life show it? Don’t be a verse 43 believer. Never be afraid to stand up for your Savior. Don’t stay in the darkness when you have the light within you.
Prayer Focus: Dear Jesus, You are my Light. I don’t want to be a verse 43 believer. I want You to shine through me. Please help me shine. Amen.