Thursday Morning: 31 Jan 2019 – John 8:12-30 ~ the light that leads to life

Thursday Morning

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening (Collect for Purity)

Almighty God: to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid; cleanse the thoughts of my heart through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Christ my Lord. Amen.
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Morning Reading – John 8:12-30 (NLT)

Jesus, the Light of the World

Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”

The Pharisees replied, “You are making those claims about yourself! Such testimony is not valid.”

Jesus told them, “These claims are valid even though I make them about myself. For I know where I came from and where I am going, but you don’t know this about me. You judge me by human standards, but I do not judge anyone. And if I did, my judgment would be correct in every respect because I am not alone. The Father who sent me is with me. Your own law says that if two people agree about something, their witness is accepted as fact. I am one witness, and my Father who sent me is the other.”

“Where is your father?” they asked.

Jesus answered, “Since you don’t know who I am, you don’t know who my Father is. If you knew me, you would also know my Father.” Jesus made these statements while he was teaching in the section of the Temple known as the Treasury. But he was not arrested, because his time had not yet come.

The Unbelieving People Warned

Later Jesus said to them again, “I am going away. You will search for me but will die in your sin. You cannot come where I am going.”

The people asked, “Is he planning to commit suicide? What does he mean, ‘You cannot come where I am going’?”

Jesus continued, “You are from below; I am from above. You belong to this world; I do not. That is why I said that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am who I claim to be, you will die in your sins.”

“Who are you?” they demanded.

Jesus replied, “The one I have always claimed to be. I have much to say about you and much to condemn, but I won’t. For I say only what I have heard from the one who sent me, and he is completely truthful.” But they still didn’t understand that he was talking about his Father.

So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man on the cross, then you will understand that I am he. I do nothing on my own but say only what the Father taught me. And the one who sent me is with me—he has not deserted me. For I always do what pleases him.” Then many who heard him say these things believed in him.
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Morning Reflection:

Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world.
If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness,
because you will have the light that leads to life.”
– John 8:12
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Jesus continued, “You are from below; I am from above.
You belong to this world; I do not.
That is why I said that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe
that I am who I claim to be, you will die in your sins.”
– John 8:23-24

Jesus’ claim to be “the light of the world” demands a response – follow him, and live forever in his light; or reject him, and die forever in sin’s darkness. Jesus leaves us no middle ground. How we respond is a matter of life and death – ours!

What can we learn from this reading about following Jesus? To follow Jesus means –

+ We believe Jesus comes from God and is God.

+ We believe he reveals the truth about God and the truth about us.

+ We believe that, apart from Jesus, the world remains in spiritual darkness.

+ We believe that Jesus will lead us out of spiritual darkness into his marvelous light – now and forever.

To follow Jesus – the light of the world – means to trust Him as Savior and obey Him as Lord.

Questions for consideration:

  • What do you think Jesus means – belong to this world? Please explain.
  • What do you think Jesus means – those who belong to this world are walking in darkness? How does this relate to your life experience? Please explain.
  • Have you decided to follow Jesus? Do you belong to Jesus? Please explain what that means for you and how that has worked out in your life.

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Morning Prayer:

Creator God: You spoke light into a world of darkness through your Son, Jesus Christ, the Word of God. Speak that same light of life into all who follow him, that we may walk with him through this world of spiritual darkness to the world above and into the glorious light of your presence. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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“Light Of The World” – Lauren Daigle

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Closing:

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, and protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen



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  1. I love this blog Art Chartie. This is a good job. Am inspired deeply about Jesus. Thank you

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