Putting God's Word into Practice…

John 8:12-38 Light, Love and Law

on May 25, 2012


Jesus said in verse 12, “I am the light of the world.  Whoever FOLLOWS me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”  When we follow Christ there are no shadows; their is no fear of the dark.  It reminds me of when I was little (who am I kidding, I still do this!) and I had to come up from the basement.  I would shut the light off and start to head to the steps slowly, then a little faster, then a little faster.  Eventually, I would fix my eyes on the light at the top of the steps and run to safety!  When I am riddled with fears or confusion or enslaved to sinful habits, I need to get to Jesus–the Light of the World!


In verse 17, Jesus starts with the phrase, “In YOUR law…”  The Law (not governing laws but moral laws) was made for the people.  Jesus has no need of the Law–He is completely righteous and can only do right!


“I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins.”  Jesus is the only hope.  Without Him we are dead in our sins, separated from the Father.  Jesus only did what pleased the Father always, so the Father was always with Him and never left Him alone.  When Jesus took our sins on Himself; then He was momentarily forsaken by the Father–completely alone. 

Although when we believe in Christ all our sins are taken away and the Father sees Christ’s righteousness on our behalf, when we don’t live in a way pleasing to the Father He seems far away.  I can remember a time (no judging allowed) when I came home drunk and my parents were waiting up for me.  The next day I avoided my dad because I knew what I did was not right and that he was probably disappointed.  He never went away from me–he was right there, but I put a wall up.  Confession by me and love from him tore it down!  It is the same way with God.  When we live in a way that is pleasing to Him out of our love for Him, we are never alone.  When we choose to live on our own terms, He feels far away.


If I want to live a life pleasing to the Father, I need to follow Christ’s example.  The people following the Law didn’t please God–they didn’t even know God (verse 19).  Following a set of rules leads to bondage, rigidity, emotional detachment, pride, self-righteousness, hypocrisy, or despair, self-loathing and bitterness.  Following Christ leads to life, love, light, freedom and grace.

How do we follow Christ?  Abide in His Word! (31)  The Word teaches us truth and sets us free.

I run in the path of your commands for you have set my heart free! Psalm 119:32


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