Family Bible Study lesson for April 6: The Light of the World
March 13 2003 by Crate Jones , John 8:12; 9:1-7, 35-41

Family Bible Study lesson for April 6: The Light of the World | Friday, March 14, 2003

Friday, March 14, 2003

Family Bible Study lesson for April 6: The Light of the World

By Crate Jones John 8:12; 9:1-7, 35-41

The comic strip, "Family Circus," showed little Buffy lying on her bed, with a happy smile on her face. A night-light was shining. She said, "The most important invention ever is the night-light!"

To spiritualize, we can say the most important light to ever shine in this world is Jesus - the ultra-light.

With my notes in my inner coat pocket, I was preaching on light. I had made a couple of points about what light will do; then said, "and another thing that light will do is ..." My mind went blank. I fixed it with the most inclusive point of all: "Light will do a lot of things." Vague, but true.

Jesus said, "I am the light of the world." He did not say, I was, shall be or am a reflector of - He is the eternal, ever-present "I AM."

God called Moses to led His people out of slavery in Egypt. For authority, Moses wanted to know God's name. God said, "I am who I am ... Say I AM has sent me to you" (Ex. 3:14). Jesus is the incarnate I AM!

Light dispels darkness The Bible speaks of "gross darkness." A preacher once said, "Gross darkness is 144 times darker than ordinary darkness." When it comes to sin, that's deadcenter.

Jesus said "whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness." The key word is "follow." We have to stay close to Him to avoid the darkness.

Even the Apostle Paul, in whose heart darkness had been overcome by "the light," admitted sometimes he did right and sometimes he did wrong (Rom. 7:1925).

None of us can say we never do anything wrong (lying is a sin), neither can we say Jesus ever leads us into darkness. We go there by choice.

Cudjo's Cave is on the edge of the Kentucky state line. Deep in the earth, it's filled with wonder and danger. When the guide turns the lights off, it's "gross" darkness.

What a contrast with the beauty of the mountains, sunshine, trees and flowers of the outdoors. It's like that when one comes out of the darkness of sin into the marvelous light of Jesus.

Light reveals Jesus said, "Whoever follows Me ... will have the light of life." Jesus, in the person of the Holy Spirit, lives in those who believe in Him. Now that's something to do some pondering about!

Walk into a dark room and you most likely will stumble against something and maybe get hurt. Turn the light on and everything in the room is revealed.

There are "hidden" things in every heart. Some, we blanket with denial or ignore. Then Jesus begins His work of revealing.

Years ago, in the Kentucky mountains, I was riding a mule and it got dark. I tried to make him go toward where I thought the barn was. He balked, ignoring my kicks to his ribs and my "giddyup's."

I gave him his head and he went straight to the barn. Next day I realized I had tried to make him go off a steep drop.

He could see where I couldn't. It's hard to admit that a dumb mule is smarter than you.

Because Jesus loves us, He shines light into our dark places. No telling how many hurtful things He has spared us.

Jesus gives us a foretaste of the light of heaven As Jesus is the light of the world, He is also the light of heaven.

When my father died, we had to drive 600 miles through the dark night to get home. As the most beautiful dawn we had ever seen began to lighten the eastern sky, I said to Harriett, "This is the first dawn Dad has seen from the other side." He had already seen the face of the One who saved him.

John Jasper was a famous black preacher around the turn of the century. At nearly 89, in next to his last sermon, he preached on heaven. He described what it would be like.

When asked by the angel who he wanted to see, it wasn't Moses, David or even his mother. "I will say, 'O mister angel, take me to the great white throne and let me gaze into the face of my Jesus for a thousand years."'

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3/13/2003 11:00:00 PM by Crate Jones , John 8:12; 9:1-7, 35-41 | with 0 comments
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