Looking at Jesus: thoughts from John on this morning’s sermon

John at Brodie

John writes:

A powerful sermon. Jesus who died in order that we might live; the light which rescues us from darkness.

What does ‘looking to Jesus’ mean to us today and in the week ahead?

For some ‘looking to Jesus’ will mean major transformation. Someone who has been struggling with darkness of one kind or another – for example an addiction, a way of life which is corrosive to them and to others, a shattering of the foundation on which they have built their lives, a sense of being judged by God,  a feeling that life has no meaning, is drawn to ‘look’ at Jesus. To realise that Jesus is the light-bearer, who brings us into light, and kindles the flame of hope within us, and assures us that we are loved and forgiven and promises us freedom from the fears and chains which hold us.

But looking to Jesus is a constant process. We believe that Jesus is with us. Isaiah 9:2 is very clear-cut and dualistic: the people had lived in darkness; now they walk in the light.  But in fact in most of our lives darkness and light are still intermingled and we need to fix our eyes on Jesus who is light, who shares his light with us, and whose light empowers us to be darkness-banishers.

We face a problem – a difficult situation. Jesus offers us light.

We are tempted to do, or say something which is ‘of the darkness’ rather than ‘of the light’.  Jesus, if we will only listen, helps us discern and to choose the way of light.

We face a personal tragedy. Jesus weeps with us, and in the long night of our pain we begin, slowly to believe that in time dawn will come. A new day, nothing like the days we have lost, but nevertheless our grey, bereft hearts open to a new dawn, and Jesus, the light, will be with us.

We are anxious and depressed, and there is no light, and we call out for Jesus to be light to us, and perhaps all we hear is the encouragement is to live as though the sun were shining, while acknowledging the dark clouds.

We detect the presence of evil, and we call out for Jesus the light to sustain us.

We know, most of us, the various ways theology describes what happened when Jesus died and rose again, and why it changes things. But we are not saved or healed by theology, rather by the living Jesus who comes to us in our darkness as the bearer of light.

So whenever darkness threatens us in whatever way this week, we remember that Jesus, in the Spirit of the Living God offers us light and life.

 

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