Hi, God’s word for me today is in John 11:9-10 which says,
“9 Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Anyone who walks in the daytime will not stumble, for they see by this world’s light. 10 It is when a person walks at night that they stumble, for they have no light.”
Jesus is talking to His disciples and He is using this example for a spiritual teaching. Jesus told His disciples that they were going back to Judea (that was where Lazarus was) but His disciples said that the Jews there had tried to stone Jesus last time He was there. Jesus then told them that anyone who walked in the light would not stumble but those who walked in the darkness would stumble because there wasn’t any light. Jesus was saying that the Jews were in the dark, Jesus was going to show them the light by raising Lazarus from the dead. Jesus was going to show the Jews that He was the Messiah by raising Lazarus from the dead. Jesus was telling His disciples that the Jews were in the darkness and so they stumbled, the Jews didn’t know that Jesus was the Messiah because they were in the dark and not the light.
Jesus was the Messiah but what did He for us? We were in our sins and we were going to die with our sins and God’s wrath on us and we were going to die in the darkness of sins. But Jesus came down from heaven and He took our sins and God’s wrath on Him, He gave us His perfection and then He died for our sins on the cross. Jesus gave us light by dying for our sins on the cross. Jesus saved from our sins, we were in darkness but Jesus gave us light by dying for us on the cross!
We should trust in Jesus! If we trust in Jesus and repent of our sins then we will live, our sins will be atoned for. We should believe in Jesus and we will live, we will have eternal life! We were dead in our sins but Jesus died for us and when He died He raised us from our sins, Jesus saved us from our sins. We were just like Lazarus, we were dead but Jesus died for us and raised us from our sins. Then Jesus was buried and our sins were buried with Him, Jesus then rose again on the third day! But our sins are gone and paid for, Jesus paid for them. Jesus then ascended into heaven to mediate on our behalf and to prepare a place for us. We should believe in Jesus.
If we believe in Jesus and repent of our sins then we will live. We should trust in Jesus and we should share the light with unbelievers. We should also share the light with believers, if we share the Gospel that Jesus died for us with unbelievers then they will know Jesus and they could trust in Jesus too! If we share the Gospel that Jesus died for us on the cross with believers then we can encourage them like Paul tells us to do.
“11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” (NIV 1 Thessalonians 5:11)
Thank You Jesus for dying for us on the cross. Thank You Jesus for loving us enough to atone for our sins on the cross (1 John 2:2). Thank You Jesus for giving us light so that we could live and not stumble. Thank You Jesus for giving us Your perfection in exchange for our sins. Thank You Jesus for dying for us!
Are you trusting in Jesus?
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.