Becoming Sons of Light

Daily God Walk for Wednesday, November  24, 2010

 Then Jesus told them, “You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light before darkness overtakes you. The man who walks in the dark does not know where he is going. Put your trust in the light while you have it, so that you may become sons of light.”                             – John 12:35-36

In the previous verses Jesus had been teaching that judgment was coming on the world and the prince of this world would be driven out (v30-31). He followed that with the statement, “But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.” John comments in verse 33 that Jesus was signifying the kind of death he would suffer; he would be lifted up onto the cross.

What Jesus said confused the crowd and they replied, “We have heard from the Law that the Christ will remain forever, so how can you say, “The Son of Man must be lifted up;” Who is this Son of Man? (v34). Even as his time to be crucified drew closer the crowd who followed him was expecting him to establish an everlasting earthly kingdom.

Jesus was trying to warn them that the light which he was would not be there forever and that they needed to step into the light of truth while the truth was with them. He was instructing them to trust him as the light of truth and he promised that those who trusted him would become sons of light.

The crowd was still questioning, wondering about what he was trying to tell them. If he was the light, and he was about to leave them, would they not be left in the dark? The answer to that dilemma is simply this; Jesus, as light to the world, was leaving, but the light would remain the hearts of those who had been born into the family of light.

When Jesus spoke of becoming sons of light he was referring to those who would be born again. Yes, born again. From the darkness of a decaying life to the glorious light of eternal hope. Those who believe have become the sons of light.

Principle: Trust the light and become sons of the light.

Affirmation:  The Christ-light is within me a son of the light.

Prayer: Lord, grant me the grace to continue in the light. Amen.

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