Is Jesus the Light of Your World? ~ blog
Normally my emails are to encourage all of our readers so that we are not led astray by the deceitfulness of sin. Bear with me today as before we look into Jesus saying He is the light of the world we look at the darkness in our world.
I do not think I am stretching the truth by saying the days in which we are living are growing darker. All over the world, there seems to be a growing darkness creeping in. How dark is it?
There is the darkness of death as over 739,862 people have died from the pandemic Covid-19 virus.
There is the darkness of hate as people of different races seem to have a growing anger that has been worsening since the Tower of Babel. Over thousands of years, there have been hundreds of wars (138 according to the Britannica) and those are just the major wars.)
And do you think slavery ended with the Emancipation Proclamation post Civil War? Think again it is estimated that in 2018 there were over 40 million people in slavery being defined as the severe exploitation of people for personal or commercial gain. One in four of those people are children telling us of the growing darkness of slavery.
Add to that the political tension building here in America as each side tries to tear down the other, unemployment records being set, and millions on the verge of evictions…how much darker can it get?
The 2nd “I AM” that Jesus said in found in John 8:12. Something happened before He uttered these words. The teachers of the Law and Pharisees brought to Jesus a woman who they caught in adultery. Now we do not know if she is standing there naked or not but that doesn’t really matter. What matters was these men were using this woman to test Jesus.
This was a trap because the Law commanded that this woman be stoned to death. However, it became a test of these hypocrites and to their surprise and shame, it was a test all these men failed. Jesus invited them all to stone her but only those who had no sin could throw the rocks they held in their hands.
Sometime after that Jesus was teaching the people and said;
“I am the light of the world.
Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness
but will have the light of life.”
Those of us who struggle with the darkness of our sexual sins need to learn this lesson. For years I focused on how bad and dark my addictive behavior had become. Shame filled things that I did in the darkness of my isolation and the never-ending fear of being exposed.
However, that is what Jesus excels in. When He entered the human race as a human being, just as we are human beings, He became The Light into the darkness of our lives. And His light can never be overcome by any darkness. John writes in the first chapter of his gospel;
“In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.
The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it.”
Just as we learned yesterday that Jesus is the Bread of Life and we need Him to nourish us spiritually every day, so also, He is the Light of The World. We need to be experiencing His light in our lives. Sin is constantly calling us back into darkness while Jesus is calling us to walk with Him and allow Him and His Word to be a light unto our paths.
How do we do that? How can we change these sinful habits and begin to walk away from sin instead of rushing back to consuming more vomit?
Listen, I know how powerful the lust of the flesh can be and with porn only seconds away how difficult it is to change our addictive habits. After almost 15 years in my own recovery and helping hundreds of men to begin to experience the freedom that Jesus has for us this one truth has been seen over and over again.
A Lone Sheep is a Dead Sheep
Recovery Happens in Community
Listen, as long as you remain isolated battling this powerful addiction alone and living in shame you will continue to go back to the darkness beckoning you almost daily. I know these two truths to be absolutely true for everyone.
So, once again let me urge you to consider joining one of our Online Support Teams. Jesus is still the light of the world and we need Him more than ever to bring light into our lives. After all, He is the Bread of Life to nourish us spiritually and He is the Light of the World to shine into our lives so that we can walk in the light and not darkness.