|TODAY IN THE WORD|
Monday April 23, 2018
Does the light bulb go on for you? Welcome to the word with Pastor David. One of the great themes of the gospel of John is light vs. darkness. John 1:4-5 reads:
“In him [Jesus] was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
When John tells us that Jesus is the ‘light of all mankind’ or that Jesus is the ‘light of the world’, what is he trying to say? The illustration is taken from an obvious practical reality when John says that the light shines and the darkness has not overcome it. What happens when we flip on the switch in a dark room? Does the dark struggle to keep the room black? Do we wonder whether the bulb will shed light in the room? Of course not. Light invades the dark and the dark retreats. Light is power and energy, while dark is merely a description of the absence of light.
Darkness does not overcome light. Light overcomes darkness. Jesus came to defeat the darkness in the world. He has the power to send the shadows on the run.
Concerning the power of Jesus, has the light bulb turned on for you?
And that’s the Word from Deer Lodge Assembly on the corner of 5th and Montana.
Tuesday April 24, 2018
Just how bright are we? Welcome to the Word with Pastor David where we are examining the themes of light and dark in the gospel of John. In 1:6-8, John the writer is telling us about John the Baptist:
“There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.”
A later passage will tell us that John the Baptist was the greatest of all the prophets. This passage clearly states he was sent by God. However, John himself was not the light, but just a witness to the true light—Jesus. There is a lesson here for all of us. Sometimes we are impressed with our own radiance. We get to thinking we are our own self-generating light source. But what John the Baptist knew we have to remember: Jesus is the only true light source. We are merely reflectors of light. The full moon can be quite bright—bright enough for me to read a book by at times. But it is only bright because it is reflecting sunlight back to earth. It has no internal light source.
And it is good to remember we are more like the moon than the sun. We reflect Jesus’ light to others. The best from us is from God. And we are not very bright at all if we do not keep that in mind!
And that’s the Word from David Baker of Deer Lodge Assembly on the corner of 5th and Montana.
Wednesday April 25, 2018
If something is actually true and good, wouldn’t everyone believe it? Welcome to the Word with Pastor David, and we are studying the theme of light and dark in John’s gospel. John 1:9-11 reads:
“The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.”
The Bible tells us clearly that Jesus was the agent of creation. The world as we know it was made by Jesus. Yet he was not recognized. In fact, Jesus came to God’s own people—the Jews and they turned him out. Their leaders neither welcomed him or became his followers. They arranged his execution. They did not embrace the true light shining right in front of them.
Which makes the point that just because something is true does not necessarily mean everyone is going to embrace it. In fact, history is littered with examples of many kings, priests and scientists clinging to false beliefs when confronted with genuine evidence that their beliefs are in error.
Some people’s rejection of the Jesus story is not proof that the story is not really true. It is simply evidence that human beings tend to cling to long-held beliefs—even if those beliefs are dead wrong.
What do you believe? Your answer really matters.
And that’s the Word from Pastor David of Deer Lodge Assembly. Join our new Wednesday adult Bible Study at 6:30 for a new Bible study on the themes in John. Begins tonight!
Thursday April 26, 2018
What does it take to have God’s light shine in our lives? Welcome to the Word with Pastor David, and we are studying the theme of light and dark in John’s gospel. John 1:12-13 reads:
“Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent…but born of God.”
If I purchased the finest flashlight and installed the most expensive batteries in it and mailed it to your house. Would it do any good during the next blackout if you never opened the box? I made the gift available, but you did not use it. So it is with the light Jesus offers to us. We must receive his offer. We must believe that he is who he says he is. If we do, we become part of his family. If we do not receive him, it doesn’t matter how much he wants us to be in his family. We are still sitting in the dark.
A light source is only a value if you receive it and use it.
And that is the Word from Deer Lodge Assembly on the corner of 5th and Montana.
Friday April 27, 2018
Does a well-lit White House help you see at 1 am in your kitchen? Welcome to the Word with Pastor David, and we are studying the theme of light and dark in John’s gospel. John 1:14 states:
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
A bright light 1,000’s of miles away doesn’t keep us from stubbing our toe in our kitchen. Jesus has always been a source of grace and truth. But shining in heaven was not much help to us. So, he became one of us—flesh and blood. He brought his light to our kitchen. He lit up our dark backyard. The story of Jesus coming to earth as a human is a story of getting the light in contact with the dark. Jesus shone brightly here with us so we can see—so we can see our way out of the dark and to the light of heaven.
Jesus brought the light to those who needed it. It would be a shame to keep stumbling around in the dark when he went to such lengths to light up our world. Are we going to keep our eyes shut to this great gift?
And that’s the Word. You can enjoy more of the Word this Sunday at 10:45 at Deer Lodge Assembly on the corner of 5th and Montana.