The Third Sunday in Lent, March 19

Jesus Came to Save the World
John 12:44-50

In the passage, Jesus says, “I have come into the world as a light, so that whosoever believes in me may not remain in darkness”; and “Whoever sees me, sees him who sent me.” Jesus is telling His followers that He has come to bring the light of truth into a world of darkness and sin, and that Light comes from the Father.

Earlier in the Book of John, Jesus is called “the true light, which gives light to everyone” (v. 1:9). In Matthew, Jesus said, “Let your light shine before others so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). The theme that Light is associated with God appears throughout the Bible. In the New Testament, Jesus tells us that we are called to be a light in the darkness.

Often we struggle with how we can be better witnesses to those we pass in everyday activities. I think the easiest way is to ensure that those we encounter can tell that we are different by the way we live. We live in a dark world, full of sin, division, and hatred. But God’s Word admonishes us to “cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light” (Romans 13:12). Jesus is telling us that we are expected to be different from the rest of the world, to walk in the truth of the light.

Stepping Out in Lent – It is impossible for any of us to make this change in ourselves, so during this season of Lent, I am praying that God will allow the Holy Spirit to continue to work in my life so that I can more adequately reflect the power and glory of God, and that the people I encounter will be able to see Him, who lives in me.

Author – Jake Money, his wife Johanna and two daughters are members of St. Peters. Jake enjoys early 20th century history, and Johanna abides his boring conversations. Johanna owns a local commercial real estate company and Jake is the VP of an aerospace manufacturing company.