20 Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the festival. 21 They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus. 23 Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. … 32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” 33 He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die. 34 The crowd spoke up, “We have heard from the Law that the Messiah will remain forever, so how can you say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up’? Who is this ‘Son of Man’?” 35 Then Jesus told them, “You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going. 36 Believe in the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of light.” When he had finished speaking, Jesus left and hid himself from them. John 12:20-32 (New International Version)
As part of a recent holiday celebration, two families on our street came together to put on a display of fireworks. As the sounds broke the silence and the lights lit up the night sky, other neighbours began opening their doors and windows to see what was happening. Before long there was a congregation of neighbourhood children joining in chorus of ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’, as their parents shared conversation with each other. The last one went home long after the last sparkle had faded from view.
The exciting display and the reaction of those nearby caused me to think of what Jesus said in John verse 32 above “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself”, where He made reference to His death on the Cross, and it was His death and resurrection that gave us the hope of eternal life. All our sins were atoned for on that day as He died ‘lifted up’ on that cross. We who know the risen Christ have much to share with those who remain imprisoned by the Deceiver. Jesus does not physically walk the earth today, but the Holy Spirit within us should cause us to live like Christ. As believers, we have a responsibility to display Christ-like behaviour that will encourage others to glorify our Father.
In John 8:12 Jesus gave us an idea of who He is when He stated “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” A simple display of fireworks drew people out of their homes in wonder and admiration, yet many still live in darkness because they don’t know Him. We don’t have to display fireworks for others to see Him, but it would be great if we would live so that others are drawn to the Light that lives within us.
Personal Application: I will prayerfully seek God’s face in helping me to share Him with those around me who have not yet experienced His Light.
Inventory/Introspection: Does my life attract or repel those who don’t know Jesus as Lord and Saviour?
Father, I am grateful for Amazing Grace! It is a joy to know that Salvation is offered to all, and that You love us enough to give us a chance at eternal life.
Dear Jesus, the fireworks provided short bursts of light that will dim and then fizzle but the sun pales in comparison to the everlasting Light that You are. While we celebrate our salvation in You, we are aware that there are others around us who have not yet acknowledged You as Lord of their lives. We do not have fireworks or public holidays every year, but we have many opportunities to share Your love, Your grace and Your light to those who walk in condemnation and darkness.
Show us practical ways in which we can share with those around us, especially those who have been hurt by doctrinal teachings and man-made rules that differ from Your requirements for us. Let Your truth bring healing and freedom, and may Your name be glorified in our service.
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