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Jesus the Light of the World

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” Then the Pharisees said to him, “You are testifying on your own behalf; your testimony is not valid.” Jesus answered, “Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid because I know where I have come from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going. You judge by human standards; I judge no one. Yet even if I do judge, my judgment is valid; for it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father who sent me. In your law it is written that the testimony of two witnesses is valid. I testify on my own behalf, and the Father who sent me testifies on my behalf.” Then they said to him, “Where is your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” He spoke these words while he was teaching in the treasury of the temple, but no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come. (John 8:12-20, NRSV)

The Pharisees have a point that someone who says things about themselves could say whatever they want and it may be true or it may not. Unless there is a source outside of your self what you say cannot be validated. However, Jesus is never alone and only speaks what God tells Him to.

So do we know the Father and Jesus?

Do you believe this testimony?

 

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for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline. Do not be ashamed, then, of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel, relying on the power of God, who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works but according to his own purpose and grace. This grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. For this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher, and for this reason I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know the one in whom I have put my trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard until that day what I have entrusted to him. Hold to the standard of sound teaching that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. Guard the good treasure entrusted to you, with the help of the Holy Spirit living in us. (2 Timothy 1:7-14, NRSV)

We are not held under a spirit of fear or cowardice, we were given a spirit of power to boldly speak the truth of God to all around us.

We have been given power and grace to reveal His love to the nations through the testimony of our lives.

So speak boldly and in power, not ashamed of who you are but holding fast to whose you are.

Speak of the love you were given to the world so they may know that they are loved as you are loved.

 

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Testimony

161206This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” He confessed and did not deny it, but confessed, “I am not the Messiah.” And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the prophet?” He answered, “No.” Then they said to him, “Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’” as the prophet Isaiah said. Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. They asked him, “Why then are you baptizing if you are neither the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?” John answered them, “I baptize with water. Among you stands one whom you do not know, the one who is coming after me; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandal.” This took place in Bethany across the Jordan where John was baptizing. (John 1:19-28, NRSV)

Who are you?

I am a father, husband, pastor, musician, lover and follower of Jesus Christ. I do not always do everything right as I am a sinner, but try to live a life which shows the love Christ gave to me to all the world around me.

Who are you?

I am not Elijah. I am not John the Baptist. I am not Jesus Christ. I am merely a follower of Jesus and one who tries to show the love of God to the world.

This is John’s testimony and my testimony.

What is your testimony?

Who are you?

 

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testimony

And from the throne came a voice saying, “Praise our God, all you his servants, and all who fear him, small and great.”  Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty thunderpeals, crying out, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready; to her it has been granted to be clothed with fine linen, bright and pure”— for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are true words of God.” Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your comrades who hold the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” (Revelation 19:5-10, NRSV)

Ever wonder what all of eternity will be like…

Well if we see here in the vision from Revelation a picture of heaven, it will be eternal praise of God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We will sing out hallelujah!

Be dressed in white and sing with all of the heavenly hosts.

Much like at communion, where we join in the hymn of the church on earth and all of the hosts of heaven. We praise the name of Jesus and join the unending hymn!

We will worship God for all of eternity, that much is 100% for sure!

And all of our lives will and do play a testimony to the love He has given us.

So what does your life speak now?

 

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liar

LiarThose who believe in the Son of God have the testimony in their hearts. Those who do not believe in God have made him a liar by not believing in the testimony that God has given concerning his Son. And this is the testimony: God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. (1 John 5:10-12, NRSV)

If you do not believe in the Son, or the testimony He gives you have made Him a liar…

And the witness is the life that God has given us, and that life is in Jesus – the way, the truth, the life!

And if we do not believe this, then there is no life in us and we have made Him and our life a lie…

That is the picture here… The face of a girl/boy who is a liar…

That is also what we are if we make His testimony false… A Liar.

 

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who receives the testimony?

He who comes from above is above all. He who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks in an earthly way. He who comes from heaven is above all. He bears witness to what he has seen and heard, yet no one receives his testimony. Whoever receives his testimony sets his seal to this, that God is true. For he whom God has sent utters the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure. The Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hand. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him. (John 3:31-36 ESV)

He who comes from Heaven is above all and He bears witness to what he has seen and heard, yet no one receives his testimony. Whoever receives His testimony sets His seal to this, that God is true… Wait a minute. Didn’t John say that Jesus bears witness to everything He knows, yet no one receives the testimony, yet those who receive the testimony set the seal that God is truth. So does anyone get the testimony or not? First he says no one receives it, but then says what happens when someone does…

I’m a little confused, of course it is not the first time or the last time I will be confused by John, that is one reason I love the book, because it always keeps you on your toes and thinking. It seems clear cut, and then you read it again and something pops up you hadn’t seen or heard quite that way before and it shakes things loose and you wonder what he means.

It is like our faith. We get set in and think we have it all figured out, then something happens that shakes us and makes us rethink somethings. We have not lost our faith, but we wonder about somethings and how they impact our lives, and the way we saw things is not the same. This is not bad, it helps our faith to grow and surround us and envelope all of our lives. It makes us deepen those roots that are in Christ and to cling to Him all the more. For whom God has sent utters the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure, so believe in the son and the one who sent Him. The promise is real and you will have eternal life and abundance of love. You will be sheltered in your doubt and questioning by a love that will grow stronger and roots that will go deeper.

Live in your faith and doubt it, allowing God to nurture ad water you in the process as you grow closer to Him.

 

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Where are you going?

Where are you going? I have been asking myself this question for a while now…

Where do I think my life is going and where am I leading my family? Do I have a clear picture of where I came from? Because the past is something that has helped to shape me, it in no way defines me, as my life is defined by Jesus, but my past and where I came from has shaped me and helped make me who I am today, and thus will have an effect on where I am going.

I remember a time when I thought everything was falling into place and it was all luck. Before I started attending worship regularly, after I had become disenchanted with the church my wife and I moved from Cincinnati to Gastonia. In this move we had a lease on an apartment we needed out of, and jobs to find. I had interviewed for a job in Cincinnati, I had to turn down as we were moving.

Well in the month before the move, I got offered a job in Charlotte, an hour from where we were moving, but they wanted me to start now. But we are not moving for a month. Not a problem was the response I got, we will fly you here and back for however long we need to, fly you in on Monday and home on Friday, give you a car and money for food. One thing fell into place.

The apartment was still under a lease with about 4 months to go. We went to the office and told them our current issue. They said they would list it as available but if they could not rent it we would need to pay through the end of our lease. That was a Friday.  Monday we get a call, we have rented your apartment and we need you out by Friday. Now a new problem – what to do with the stuff. We are out of our lease, but not moving for 3 weeks and our stuff has to go somewhere. My wife can stay with her parents, as I fly back and forth between Charlotte and Cincinnati…

Well around the corner from our apartment was a storage facility doing a special, first month for $1.  No minimum and you don’t have to rent a month to get a month for a $1. So we stored our stuff for 3 weeks for $1. I got a job, our apartment got taken out from under our lease, and everything fell right into place. We also found an apartment on our first trip down to Gastonia which is a miracle because we had a 50 lb Siberian Husky.  Not many places will take a big dog in an apartment. Everything fell into place, because as I look back now I can see God’s hand moving through that move. But before I worshiped regularly I could not see that…

Do you know where you are going? In John 8:12-20 Jesus testifies to himself as being the light of the world and the Pharisees mock Him. They say He can not testify to himself. Jesus answered, “Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid because I know where I have come from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going.” They do not know where he came from or where he is going, but we do!

And while in my life I may not know what the next step is, or my next destination, I know that Jesus knows where I have been, and He still loves me and He knows where I am going, so to me it doesn’t matter if my journey is clear. I know I am in good hands – nail scared ones!

 

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