I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. (John 8:12)
Oh, that we can be raised from the dead and continue on in the light; not to step into the darkness and see our ambition incinerated by the cold outer darkness. We must avoid such perils of darkness that encapsulate our spirits, our dread souls, our miserable fixes, and we can do so by clambering after Christ, the Lord.
He helped us to rise out of our stinking, death-odored, putrescent, sin-spotted burial rags, like he did Lazarus. To the religious establishment he offered little hope. “Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world. I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.” (John 8:23-24). We must get out from that establishment. It is worse than saying simply, “I don’t know what I believe.” Still there is room to believe. Try it.
And once we take that leap of holy assent, in him, we must become his followers. He tells those who believe that they wil be be freed from their sins if they continued walking the path that he was revealing to his people. “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:31-32) If I accept the work of Jesus Christ done for me on the cross at Calvary, I accept the first step of God’s salvation, the entrance to the kingdom. But I must follow it with a continuance along the Way of Christ, a footpath leading on to the entire truth of living.
Let us praise the Lord for that truth. That truth from which we fall miserably short, but which God in a His great mercy and goodness has made available to us through Christ. That truth will set us free from our bad reckonings, our crippling self-indulgences, our lies, our sneakings, our bellies full of foul. That truth is a glass of the purest life-water, from Christ’s ocean of light, pinching and poking us to come clean that he may do the wondrous works on our laden spirits that long to be lifted along his lofty road. Let us praise Him, and praise Him abundantly for all His goodness.