Put your trust in the light while there is still time; then you will become children of the light.(John 12:36)


It is clearly written in the Bible itself, that many people, will not be able to believe that Jesus is the son of God. Therefore, his ways and his teachings which are the keys to the kingdom of heaven, will also be impossible for them to understand and live by. However, some will believe, but even they won’t be able to admit it, or live by it, for fear of being looked down upon or cast out by their communities. In the gospel of John especially, Jesus never seems to answer the people’s questions in ways that they can easily understand. But that is not to say that he doesn’t answer them. When they ask him: “how can the Messiah die” he speaks of His light and invites them to walk in the light while they can. It seems to me that Jesus is talking about the Light of Divine revelation. Only God can reveal himself to you. No one can understand the awesome love of God under their own human powers of perception. In response to the questions of the people, Jesus invites them to accept his invitation to walk in the light of Divine revelation.


John 12:34-43 NLT

The crowd responded,”We understood from Scripture that the Messiah would live forever. How can you say the Son of Man will die? Just who is this Son of Man, anyway?
Jesus replied, “My light will shine for you just a little longer. Walk in the light while you can, so the darkness will not overtake you. Those who walk in the darkness cannot see where they are going. Put your trust in the light while there is still time; then you will become children of the light.”
After saying these things, Jesus went away and was hidden from them. But despite all the miraculous signs Jesus had done, most of the people still did not believe in him. This is exactly what Isaiah the prophet had predicted:
“Lord who has believed our message? To whom has the Lord revealed his powerful arm?
But the people couldn’t believe, for as Isaiah also said,
“The Lord has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts—so their eyes cannot see, and their hearts cannot understand, and they cannot turn to me and have me heal them.”
Isaiah was referring to Jesus when he said this, because he saw the future and spoke of the Messiah’s glory. Many people did believe in him, however, including some of the Jewish leaders. But they wouldn’t admit it for fear that the Pharisees would expel them from the synagogue. For they loved human praise more than the praise of God.


If you are searching for God then only He can reveal his truth to you. No human can fully explain the ways of God to another. But in the Gospels we have the words of Jesus preserved by the four gospel writers for all people to read and study. This is a truly amazing gift because, throughout the gospels and the Bible as a whole, we can seek God and through its pages he can speak to us and reveal himself to us. There is nothing like the praise the Lord himself can breathe over you as you read of his love for you in the Bible.

Today’s readings:

2 Samuel 1:1-2:11, John 12:20-50, Psalms 118:19-29, Proverbs 15:27-28


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