I have come into the world as a light ...

Even after Jesus had performed so many signs in their presence, they still would not believe in him. ...
Then Jesus cried out, “Whoever believes in me does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me. The one who looks at me is seeing the one who sent me. I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness. -John 12:37,44-46 NRSV

Do you find it odd that faith is the switch that turns on the lamp of God? Before I believed I could not see the truth about God because I was in darkness. Then in a moment something was born inside of me and my life changed. I was blind to many signs and then I bowed my heart and began to see. Faith had given me vision I previously lacked.

One of the things that I could not see was that God looked like Jesus. This is the thing that many of the Jews, and many today, stumble over. It is difficult for some to see a man like Jesus as the Messiah. Many people then, and people today, want Zeus not Jesus. They really want God to look like an avenging warrior and not a loving shepherd.

Open our eyes Lord that we may see the real you - that we may see Jesus.

... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on the Gospel of John.

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