Walk while you have the light ...

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?" 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. 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. Though he had done so many signs before them, they still did not believe in him, so that the word spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: "Lord, who has believed what he heard from us, and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?"

It is so interesting how those who seemed to understand so much about what the law said about the Christ appeared to be clueless concerning what the prophet said about them. Consider these verses about the Christ that come after the one John quoted from Isaiah:
He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.
These same Jews who questioned Jesus would soon be a part of the crowd that fulfilled the prophetic word. These who seemed to walk in the light of the Law would soon walk in utter darkness and demand a criminal be released and Jesus be executed.

Yet the healing prophetic word of Isaiah prevails today. We too can be healed in the same way that those in the crowd demanding crucifixion could be healed. We too can believe in the one crucified. We need not walk in darkness. We too can walk in the light.

Open my eyes Lord. Help me to not be blinded by my own understanding of the scriptures.

1 comment:

  1. What a good word for today, Bob. You devotions are wonderful.


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