Soul Glo - Monday, April 10th 2017
But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God."
Perhaps Nicodemus is having reservations about Jesus' message to him that he must be born again. The Lord is making it clear, for both Nicodemus and the religious establishment he represents, that they are not believing in Him. Jesus said to Nicodemus "you don't know these things" (John 3:10), "you do not receive Our witness" (John 3:11) and "you do not believe" (John 3:12).
19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.
One of the greatest tragedies in the world is the rejection of God's light inside the glorious Gospel. When people reject Jesus it's often because there is a secret sin that is more important to them rather than intellectually needing more information to believe the Gospel. Nicodemus perhaps loved the prestige of being a Pharisee, a well-known teacher, and a rich influential part of the religious establishment more than the Lord.
You may have seen the bumper sticker that says, "Come to the dark side we've got cookies," it's sort of a funny way of explaining how appealing darkness can be. We all have a proclivity towards the darkness in our own sinful nature. Sometimes these dark spots surface in our relationships with others that are broken. It can also creep up in our love for anything that is not from Christ. It's really important for us to see that His sacrifice for our sins is more than enough to amend our broken and dark ways so that we might be in the light with Him.
1 John 1:5-7
5 This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
Life Lesson: It's not that people don't believe because they don't know; it's because they don't want to know.
Lord, thank You that You give me the opportunity to approach You so that the truth of Your love might be revealed in me. Thank You for Your death for my sin and for giving me the opportunity to look to You and lean on Your sacrifice for my sins so I wouldn't have to succumb to death and darkness for eternity. Please continue to shine in and through my life and the lives of those I fellowship with in the body of Christ. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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