Light of the World
“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” (Isaiah 5:20, NIV)
It would be easy to forget that Isaiah said that in the 8th century BC – he could be describing us today. We’ve lost all sense of a moral compass.
If the hearings themselves aren’t enough to remind us of our sinful world, there’s more. Just this last week Brett Kavanaugh was mocked by two late night comedians for claiming to be a virgin in college.
Not too long before that, Vice President Pence was mocked for refusing to meet with women alone (By the way, he’s looking smarter every day.).
Our problem is that we’ve gotten so used to evil, darkness, and bitterness that we no longer recognize good, light, and sweet. We believer ourselves to be so enlightened that the idea of spiritual darkness never crosses our minds. Jesus described the problem this way: “Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are good, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are bad, your body also is full of darkness. See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness.“ (Luke 11:34-35, NIV)
If we can’t trust the “light” in us, then who can we trust? Fortunately, we have Jesus: “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”” (John 8:12, NIV)
Join us Sunday for our sermon series Present Tense Jesus as we unpack what Jesus meant.
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