Jesus spoke hard words. Even the disciples wondered who would have the ability to accept his difficult teaching (Jn. 6:60). He made claims that seemed contradictory, bizarre, or untrue. Many people responded in harshness and became cynics or challenged Jesus; others threatened his life.
“Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (Jn. 8:12). “Will never walk in darkness,” can seem hard to those of us who can’t seem to pray away the darkness in our lives. Has this caused us to respond harshly and challenge the claim or to become cynical?
The One who makes these claims is the One about whom it was said, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given… And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Is. 9:6).
Jesus said he knew the truth of his journey, his calling, and who sent him. He had confidence that the Father stood with him as a witness to his testimony. He spoke of knowing the difference between human judgment and his truthful judgment. He insisted that without belief in the Father and in all the Father is, neither he nor we have the ability to access knowledge or understand the claims and ways of Christ.
Belief in the Father is what illuminates Christ’s testimony that he is the light of the world. Our Father in heaven sent him to counsel us out of spiritual and mental confusion, to make the impossible possible by his might, to sustain us without fail, and to rule over angst and tumultuous relationships with his peace.
The light of life is not only our hope for the day we see Jesus, it is our life.
“We accept human testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son. Whoever believes in the Son of God accepts this testimony. Whoever does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because they have not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son” (1 John 5:9-11).
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