Friday, February 8, 2019

John 11-12~ Day 40~ "Light" seems to be the theme of the day!

The disciples had just questioned Jesus about the safety of going back to Judea since his life had been threatened.  "Jesus answered,  'Are there not twelve hours of daylight?  Anyone who walks in the daytime will not stumble for they see by this world's light.  It is when a person walks at night that they stumble, for  they have no light.'" (John 11:9)

I think that is a super weird answer!  "Jesus, are you sure you wanna go back to where they tried to stone you?  Well, maybe if we walk there during the day, at least we won't trip on the stones as we go!"  At first read through, I didn't even think Jesus gave them an answer to their question!

No wonder that in other gospels, the close disciples would ask Jesus when they were alone, "Master, please tell us what you mean!"
John isn't clear in recounting the meaning of verse 9 right away, but he does share more of what Jesus says on the same topic of being the light in the next chapter.
"Then Jesus told them, "You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, so that you may become children of the light." (12:35)

Well, that gives 11:9 a lot more meaning.  When the disciples questioned Jesus about the safety of returning, he is basically saying, "I'm only supposed to be here for awhile, but, I'm not afraid of man, they can't do anything to me until I say it's time.  I'm just going to keep doing what I am supposed to do while I am here."
Well, now I can see he did give a very direct answer to their question.  Good thing I kept reading through chapter 12!

I loved how John continued to quote Jesus on the subject of being the light, "I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness." (12:46)

So, this is my simple break down on this whole light thing,  Jesus is afraid of nothing because he is the light.  When we become his followers, we have his light in us.  So, we have nothing to be afraid of!  Well, if that is the case, I want to let my light shine bright!!  Good thing I am reading the Bible daily, it's like filling my lamp with more oil everyday so I can keep burning strong! 

3 comments:

  1. Are we off a day? Don't see a post on John 7-8???

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  2. Eeekkkk!! Thanks for catching that!! I see what I did. I will post that tomorrow!!
    Thanks again for bringing it to my attention!!!

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