Prayer: Teach us through your Word, O God, in Christ. Amen.
Living in the light
36 While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of light.
When children sing in church it is inspiring to see how they sing with such enthusiasm. They have a lot less self-consciousness and more excitement than us adults. Our devotion writer asks if it would be more wonderful if we could shine as brightly as our children.
Today’s text reminds us that even some people who heard and saw Jesus’ works and wonders, they still did not believe Him. Their hearts were hardened and their eyes blinded. People respond differently to Jesus call to see and live in the light.
Our devotion writer writes; “In this passage, people respond to Jesus’ invitation to believe in the light in different ways. Some live in the light boldly and shine radiantly. Others reject Jesus’ invitation and stay in the dark. A third group believes in the light, but because of outside pressures, decides to hid the lights under a bushel. Whatever the response, Jesus never stops issuing the invitation to live in the light.”
The question then becomes; how do we live in the light? Does it show in us brightly? Or, do we keep it hidden until we get to church?
43 for they loved human glory more than the glory that comes from God.
Prayer: “O Light and Life, shine in me and through me, so that the world might bask in your light. Amen.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
36 While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of light.”
The Unbelief of the People
After Jesus had said this, he departed and hid from them. 37 Although he had performed so many signs in their presence, they did not believe in him. 38 This was to fulfill the word spoken by the prophet Isaiah:
“Lord, who has believed our message, and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”
39 And so they could not believe, because Isaiah also said,
40 “He has blinded their eyes and hardened their heart, so that they might not look with their eyes, and understand with their heart and turn— and I would heal them.”
41 Isaiah said this because he saw his glory and spoke about him. 42 Nevertheless many, even of the authorities, believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they did not confess it, for fear that they would be put out of the synagogue; 43 for they loved human glory more than the glory that comes from God.