May 29

Today’s devotional will be a bit more lightweight than last Friday’s. We are entering this weekend into the last part of this dialogue Jesus is having about being the Light of the World. The light/dark motif of John is very prominent, but Jesus spoke this way elsewhere as well.

  • Matthew 6:22-23 “The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!”
  • Luke 11:33-36 “No one, after lighting a lamp, puts it away in a cellar nor under a basket, but on the lampstand, so that those who enter may see the light. The eye is the lamp of your body; when your eye is clear, your whole body also is full of light; but when it is bad, your body also is full of darkness. Then watch out that the light in you is not darkness. If therefore your whole body is full of light, with no dark part in it, it will be wholly illumined, as when the lamp illumines you with its rays.”
  1. Assumption is a dangerous place to be. Too many of my mistakes in life have been based on assumptions (from car accidents, to what I thought others would do, you name it). In fact, I’ve read about assumptions that have killed people (such as assuming a firearm was empty when cleaning it only to have things go wrong when it goes off).
    1. Reading the above 2 passages, especially the Luke verses, what is the warning Jesus is giving against an assumptive perception of oneself? _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    2. How does Jesus’ message about light and darkness apply to you and I today? _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  • Matthew 4:16-17 “THE PEOPLE WHO WERE SITTING IN DARKNESS SAW A GREAT LIGHT, AND THOSE WHO WERE SITTING IN THE LAND AND SHADOW OF DEATH, UPON THEM A LIGHT DAWNED.” From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
  1. These verses come at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. Isaiah prophesied that Jesus would show up as light in the darkness, shining on those in the shadow of death.
    1. What is Jesus’ primary message? ______________________________________________________________________________________________________
    2. Is Jesus concerned with making people feel better? Happier? Fulfilled? Successful? ___________________________________________________
      1. Or is His message mostly about the eternal consequences of dying in one’s sins? ____________________________
      2. In other words, what does it matter if a person has a great life here on earth, is motivated, affirmed, encouraged, or even celebrated if he’s going to die and go to Hell in the end? __________________________________________ (Mark 8:36)
    3. Repentance does not mean “I’m sorry”, but does mean what? (look at your Bible dictionary if you need to) ______________________________________________________________________________________________________

Paul also picked up on this light/darkness concept as well.

  • Romans 13:11-14 Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.
  1. Have you ever noticed that the issue of sin (describing sinful actions, denouncements against sin, warnings about sin, and so forth) is on almost every page of the Bible? Why do you think that is? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  2. Similarly, redemption is emphasized throughout all of Scripture as well. What is the correlation to the oft-discussed issues of sin? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  3. And, per Romans, what are the deeds of darkness? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  4. Check out a concordance or two and describe what Paul is talking about here with regards to the “armor of light”: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Put on the Armor of our God  Hymn possibly by Mrs. E.C. Ellsworth (or anonymous)

  1. Put on the armor of our God,

Be strong to do His will;

Dare not go forth for once unarmed,

Thy foes would do thee ill.

[Refrain]:

Then stand! stand firm! defy the foe!

Thou in the Master’s strength shall go,

Enduring to the end.

Then stand! stand firm! defy the foe!

Enduring to the end.

 

  1. Put on the armor; girt with truth,

The work is not thine own;

Bind to thy heart the law of God,

Fulfilled by Christ alone.

[Refrain]

 

  1. Put on the armor; shod with peace

Thy feet shall firm endure;

Though snares beset and thorns may pierce,

He makes thy footsteps sure.

[Refrain]

 

  1. Put on the armor, take thy shield,

Faith in the risen Lord:

Once pierced with darts still aimed at thee,

He conquers with a word.

[Refrain]