Wednesday, August 8, 2018
44 Then Jesus cried out, “Whoever believes in me does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me. 45 The one who looks at me is seeing the one who sent me. 46 I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.
47 “If anyone hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge that person. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. 48 There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; the very words I have spoken will condemn them at the last day. 49 For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken. 50 I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.”
I love these words, because Jesus repeats what we so need to hear. When we believe in Jesus, we believe not only in him, but also in the Father, the one who sent Jesus. To see Jesus is to in a real sense to see beyond Jesus to the Father. I compare Jesus to a freshly washed window that looks out to a beautiful scene outside. You look out at the beauty and exclaim how pretty everything looks. You probably don’t notice the window that allows you to enjoy the scene.
Jesus is our light, the one who allows us to appreciate the fullness of the Father, like the dawn that chases away the darkness. Jesus says that he is not our judge; Jesus came not to judge but to save. God will judge our actions by whether we believe in Jesus to be our savior, by whether we accept his words about who he is and what he has done on our behalf.
I praise God for Jesus’ obedience. By his obedience to the Father he has done what God sent him to do – to redeem all of us from our darkness, our slavery to sin, our self-centeredness and wrong-doing. He has given us life that leads to eternal life.
Teach me obedience, Lord. Help me to be a freshly washed window for you, living as Jesus would, speaking as he would, and giving all praise to you. Let all I do enable others to see you and give glory to your name. For in Christ I pray, Amen.