It’s dark in here.
Does this make any of you a little uncomfortable? We’ve identified the pick-pockets in our church. They sit right over here. But you can’t tell which direction I nodded because its dark.
How many of you could find somebody right now who is wearing a blue shirt? If you could just point them out to me, that would be excellent. If you are, I can’t see you so that didn’t really do a whole lot of good.
This should be a fun exercise – what if we all just got up from where we are and found a different seat? I don’t know that our church’s insurance policy would cover accidents of that nature. It would be funny to see on a policy though, that would be interesting.
How many of you are ready for this illustration to be over? Raise your hands. If you’re raising your hands, I still can’t see you so it won’t do any good. Some of you are giving me inappropriate sign language right now. I can feel it. We’re in church people.
Do you know in Revelation 2 and 3 Jesus describes the church as a lampstand? The lamp up here is pretty basic. In the midst of this really dark room, it is trying to light up the room. It only has a small reach to it. I can see some of you in the first couple of rows but I can’t really see anybody in the back. The darkness feels pretty pervasive. But Jesus says that the church is a lampstand. In the midst of a dark world it will provide some light but not quite enough to illuminate and push back the entire darkness.
Now, if you do have a cell phone this would be the time to pull those out and turn on the flashlight. If you don’t know how to do that just ask the teenager sitting in your row. Try not to shine the flashlight in other people’s faces but maybe point it up to the ceiling. Now, I want you to look around the room. This is a pretty good illustration, it’s a visual picture of what Jesus intended for the church to be. As we shine the light of Christ within us, it pushes back the darkness in the room.
Now, if you look around we can actually see a lot better than we could a few moments ago. The room is still not completely illuminated. The darkness still feels pretty heavy in this room. But, we are at least pushing back the darkness. Now, if you would, shut off your lights. See, when we as Christ followers no longer follow Him faithfully, when we get frustrated, and confused, and are burdened, or maybe we’re just not courageous enough to shine our lights, then the darkness falls once more.
When a church is ashamed of declaring the glory of the gospel message, the darkness prevails. This is why we have to be reminded of how John introduces us to Jesus in chapter 1, verses 4-5. Our whole series for the next few weeks will take place in the book of John and way back in chapter 1:4-5 John says, “The Word gave life to everything that was created and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.” I just want you to know that that doesn’t mean that the darkness won’t try to extinguish the light.
We’ve been in this series called Jesus Redefined and the thing that I want us to understand this morning is that if we are to ever come into the light – if you are to ever respond to the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ – the very first step, always, is to recognize that we are in darkness. This is what John attempts to do as he introduces us to Jesus in chapter 1, and then, as he moves us through his entire gospel, he just keeps coming back to the identity of Christ.
What John is doing, over and over again, is that he is saying, “Okay, this is who Jesus says He is and these are the responses of men and women to whom Jesus is talking to. And that’s what this series is all about. Listening to the words of Jesus straight from his lips and then us considering how we need to respond. But these are called the great “I Am” statements in Scripture.
So, Jesus says, “I am the bread of life.” We looked at that last week. He says, “I am the living water.” He would say, “I am the good shepherd.” He would say, “I am the true vine.” And maybe one of the most effective metaphors to help us to understand who Jesus Christ is and what He has come to do in our lives is in our passage this morning where He says, “I am the light of the world.”
Now, here’s the thing. That makes no difference to you if you don’t realize the darkness. Light doesn’t really matter all that much if you’ve become acclimated to the darkness in your life. I mean the darkness is just sort of normal. Just think about it for a minute. Let’s just imagine that you were born into this room, you grew up in this room, you were raised in this room, you went on vacation in this room, you ate all of your meals in this room and it was dark.
And then, all of a sudden, somebody turned on these stage lights. What would you think? “Man, this is invasive. This is threatening. This is foreign. I don’t understand this.” It’s because we’ve become normalized by the darkness. And when Jesus pierced our world 2,000 years ago in the form of a helpless baby, the light came into the world and people didn’t know what to do with Him. And they still don’t….because we’ve become normalized by the darkness.
See, a minute ago we were all impaired by the darkness. I asked you to do a couple of very simple things that would be very easy to do in the light. I said, “Hey, can you find somebody with a blue t-shirt?” And that was very difficult to do in the dark – right now, easily done. I see a whole bunch of blue shirts over here. I see blue shirts down here. I see blue shirts over here. A minute ago a simple task was totally impaired. I said, “Hey, why don’t we all just get up and find a different seat?” We could much more easily do that in the light and not hurt ourselves than we could in the darkness.
In John, chapter 8 as we read the Pharisee’s response to Jesus, this is very much what we see. Their perspective was impaired by the darkness. You know, chapter 8 of John is a 59 verse argument between Jesus and the Pharisees. They just go back and forth, and back and forth – so these guys are threatened by the light that He brings. So, they are challenging Him. They are putting Him on trial and they say, “Okay, now who are You?
And Jesus isn’t even speaking in riddles here. He’s pretty plain. He’s pretty straight forward. They say, “Now, wait a second by what authority do You do these things?” And it just goes back and forth, back and forth because they are impaired by the darkness.
Have you ever been in a pitch black room? Well, yeah – just a minute ago. Have you just ever been in the darkness and you’re trying to feel your way around? I travel a bit for work and so that means that I stay in a lot of hotels….[Jay tells story about kicking the coffee table in his hotel room]
I would never have intentionally kicked a coffee table with both of my pink toes. But in the darkness, why not? Because, you see, darkness confuses, darkness corrupts, and darkness distorts.
Job, chapter 5, verse 14 describes it well. It says, “They meet with darkness in the daytime and grope at noonday as in the night.” Do you just get the image there? Have you ever seen one of those videos where everybody is in a dark room but they have a camera with night vision? So everybody is walking around bumping into things and bumping into each other. This is the image I get in Job, chapter 5. It’s how he describes humanity as a whole.
In Isaiah, chapter 5, verse 20 it says, “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!” Why would anyone do that? Why would anybody call darkness light and light darkness? Why would anybody call something bitter sweet or sweet bitter? Well, we’ve been impaired by the darkness.
This is what we have in John, chapter 8, verses 12 – 30. I want to read this passage. I’m going to spend most of my time in verse 12 and then I’m going to read the rest of the passage to basically build up to verse 30. So, let’s start in verse 12 where Jesus says this of Himself. He says, “Again,” Jesus is speaking to the Pharisees, “Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’”
Now, first of all, we just need to acknowledge that the only way that statement is not certifiably insane is if it’s what..if it’s true, right? It is not likely something that you will hear anybody that you meet this week say to you in a conversation. You won’t walk up to Tom at work tomorrow and say, “Hey, Tom. How’s it going? How was your weekend?”
“Oh, it was pretty good.”
“How are things going?”
“Same ol’, same’ol’. However, I did find out last night that I am the light of the world.” You would be calling for security to escort Tom out of the building, right?
I’ve ran into different people before and they will say, “You know, I think Jesus is a good teacher, He’s a good philosopher, wonderful guy. I think He meant well, but I don’t ever think He really thought He was God. Well…..He did say that He was the light of the world so there’s that. So, what in the world does that mean?”
Now, this statement means very little to us if we don’t understand the background, and the historical context, and the setting in which Jesus said these words. Do you realize when and where Jesus said these words?
Now I love history and so I want you to actually see this. There is a place in the holy land called the Israel Museum and they have this mock up of the city of Jerusalem that you can walk around and so of course I have some pictures. This gives us a pretty accurate look at what Jerusalem looked like in first century A.D. This first picture gives you an idea of the scale of this thing. I think you can see a man on the far right hand side. So you can see it’s pretty big. Zooming in a bit you can see the temple area itself. Those two big opens spaces on either side were just gathering space where Jews or Gentiles could enter and hang out. And one more zoom and we are where we need to be.
See those radial steps and kind of a balcony area surrounding. This was known as the court of the women. See if you were a jewish woman, this was as far as you could go in the temple area. This area was also known as the treasury. Here at Connect you can either give online or when the basket gets passed down your aisle, but in 1st century AD this is the only place to bring tithes and offerings and of course they wanted women to be able to do that so they let the women into this area. If you remember the story both in Mark 12 and Luke 21 of the widow putting her two coins in the offering and Jesus making the point that even though she gave like two pennies, she gave everything she had? This is where that same story took place, so keep this picture up for a bit and we’ll get back to it.
Now, understand the background of this. John chapters 7 and 8 all take place during something that is called the Feast of the Tabernacles. It is sometimes called the Feast of the Booths. And this was a Jewish, seven day festival in which they celebrated how God had delivered their ancestors, the Israelites, out Egyptian slavery through the wilderness. So, a seven day party is what it was. And all of John, chapters 7 and 8, when Jesus is teaching and as He is debating with the Pharisees is taking place during this festival and this is the final night.
During this festival they did a couple of things to celebrate. One thing that they would do – and this is why this feast gets its name, they would build these small booths or these thatched huts and they would live in them for seven days to remind them that their ancestors did not have a home in the wilderness and God provided for them. So they lived in these tents during the seven day festival.
The second thing that they would do is that every day they would just pour out these large pots of water and that symbolized the time when Moses struck the rock in the desert and God provided water from the rock for them in order for them to survive.
The third thing that they did was every single night of this festival, they would go into the temple, into the treasury where this giant candelabra was, and this candelabra had all of these lamps in it, and they would ignite it and the candelabra would illuminate – it was this bright light that is said to have lit up the entire city. And late into the night the people would go out into to the streets and they would dance, and they would celebrate, and they would fire up the orchestra. They would dance late into the night from the light that the candelabra provided. Here is an artist’s rendition of this particular festival taking place there in the temple. It gives us a glimpse what this looked like.
On the last night of the festival, they didn’t light the candelabra because they were packing things up. They were cleaning things up after the party. Isn’t it always a little depressing to clean up after the party is over? How many of you hosted or went to some sort of 4th of July party over the weekend? Someone had to clean all of that mess up afterwards and if that person is you it’s kind of depressing isn’t it? The party is over and we are going back to normal. I mean the fun is over right?
What’s interesting though is that the last night of this festival they didn’t light the candelabra, the party was sort of over and this is when Jesus chooses to walk in there and He stands in front of this giant unlit candelabra. Now get this. This is more than just the last night of the party. When the Jewish people would see this dark, cold, unlit candelabra it would remind them that they had not seen the light of God’s glory for centuries.
When you get to the last verse of the Old Testament in your bible, there in Malachi chapter 4 how many of you know that Matthew chapter 1 in the New Testament didn’t happen like a week or a month or a year later? No, there was this 400 year period where God’s people really didn’t hear anything from Him. Nothing directly. No prophets to relay a message from God. Scholars call it the intertestamental period, but God’s people would probably just describe it as cold, dark, silent.
In Hebrews, chapter 1, verse 3 – I love how it describes Jesus as he shows up on the scene after 400 years of silence and darkness. It says this speaking of Jesus, “He is the radiance of the Glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature.”
Now, we’ll hear something like that and it just kind of glazes over us like, “Well, okay. Whatever.” But we often underestimate just exactly how powerful God is. The Glory of God’s presence is truly awesome. And we get a couple of examples of this. There were some individuals in the Bible who got really close to seeing God’s glory but didn’t quite fully get there.
In Exodus 33, Moses says to God, “God, I really want to see Your Glory.” And God says, “Moses, it will kill you but I really love the fact that you want to see it. So, let me hide you in the cleft of a rock right here, and I’ll walk by but you’re not going to get a chance to see it in its fullness.” When Moses comes down the mountain some of the people even notice that he has a special kind of has a suntan going on.
In Matthew 17, Jesus takes Peter, James, and John up to a high mountain for His transfiguration. Do you know what really happened at the transfiguration? It’s almost as if Jesus’ fleshly body was barely holding in the Glory of God that existed within in Him because the bible says, “His face shown like a bright sun and His clothes became white as light.”
In Acts, chapter 9 when Saul was on the road to Damascus and God intervened and called him to Himself the bible says that, “Light from heaven flashed all around Saul.” It blinded him temporarily. God’s Glory is awesome.
Now, I say all of that to say this. In the person of Jesus Christ, God sheathed His Glory so that you could see Him. In the person of Jesus Christ, God sheathed His Glory so that we could talk to Him, so that we could interact with Him, so that He might have a relationship with us. It is an awesome, awesome thing and yet for so many of us we miss it. We just dismiss it like it’s really nothing.
Jesus is standing there in the temple in the darkness and He says, “I am the light of the world.” And the Pharisees know all of the history. They know how the light of God had come, how He had led them out of slavery, out of Egypt, how the candelabra was dark, and now Jesus is standing there.
Look at the Pharisee’s response in verse 13. Now the Pharisees are kind of like the Klingons. When you are reading your bible and you see the Pharisees you should go “dunda dun dun”. Now what’s funny is that if you spent time with Jesus you got to see this a couple of times and each encounter is priceless. I mean the passage right before today’s passage. The first 11 verses of chapter 8, do you know what story happens right before what we are looking at today. It’s the woman caught in adultery….[brief recap of the woman caught story]
Do you guys remember when the great theologian Admiral Ackbar said this? The Pharisees were always trying to trap Jesus. They were always trying to make him look bad. Alright, anyway, verse 13 “So the Pharisees said to Him, ‘You are bearing witness about Yourself; Your testimony is not true.’” Are you kidding me? This awesome statement, this declaration of the fulfillment of history and the Pharisees are standing in front of Jesus and they are like, “Nah, I don’t know.”
See in the Old Testament law, truth had to be verified by at least two witnesses. This is essentially what the Pharisees are pulling on Jesus here. They are saying, “Well, I don’t know Jesus. Any true statement has to be verified by at least two witnesses and You’re bearing testimony about Yourself. So, we don’t think that any of this is true.”
They are dismissing, they are disregarding His testimony on a technicality. I just wonder if there is anybody in here who is doing something similar. You’re totally missing the claims of Jesus Christ on a technicality.
Here’s what I want you to see Jesus do. Jesus knows what they’re doing. Jesus starts off by saying, “I am the light of the world.” And they say, “Well, your testimony is not true.” Jesus could have said this, “Oh, you guys need a second testimony? Alright, take your pick. John the Baptist in chapter 1, any of the wedding guests at Cana in chapter 2, Nicodemus in chapter 3, the woman at the well in chapter 4, the lame man in chapter 5 – any of the 5,000 people I just fed in chapter 6. But that’s okay.” Jesus could have said that.
Jesus is willing to go on this detour with them in order to answer their objections. Hear me in this. He’s willing to go on the detour with you too in order to answer your objections. And that’s what He does from verse 14 to verse 30. Now, let’s read it. It’s a little lengthy so I want you to stay with me or I’ll turn the lights out again, alright? Stay with me, this is all building up to verse 30. So I’ll read a little bit and then talk and then read and then talk, got it?
Look at what it says, “Jesus answered,” and hear the compassion in His voice, “‘Even if I do bear witness about Myself, My testimony is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going. You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one. Yet even if I do judge, My judgment is true, for it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father who sent Me.’”
Now, understand that the word judge can mean two different things. You know this, right? It can mean to condemn or it can mean to assess the condition of someone’s heart. So Jesus will say in one place, “I’ve not come to judge.” In another place He’ll say, “I’ve come to judge.” Understand that He’s not saying, “I’ve come condemn you. But rather, He’s saying I have come to assess the condition of your heart and when God the Father and I do that – it’s accurate.” That’s what He is saying.
Verse 17, “‘In your Law it is written that the testimony of two people is true. I am the One who bears witness about Myself, and the Father who sent Me bears witness about Me.’ They said to Him therefore, ‘Where is your Father?’ Jesus answered, ‘You know neither Me nor My Father. If you knew Me, you would know My Father also.’ These words He spoke in the treasury, as He taught in the temple; but no one arrested Him, because His hour had not yet come.”
That’s the second time that John has said this. His hour when He would go to a cross had not yet fully come. In other words, it could have easily come right now because of the outrageous claims that He is making. They could have taken His head off. But, His time had not yet come.
Verse 21, “So He said to them again, ‘I am going away, and you will seek Me, and you will die in your sin.’” Listen, that is a warning not a threat. There is a difference. Jesus is saying, “Hey, you can come to the light now – don’t die in your sin. I’m not condemning you in your sin. Just don’t stay in it. Come after Me. Step into the light.”
So He said, verse 22, “‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ So the Jews said, ‘Will He kill himself, since He says, “Where I am going, you cannot come”?’” Really? Okay. I don’t have time to talk about how absurd their comment is on that one.
Verse 23, “He said to them, ‘You are from below; I am from above.’” That sentence right there solves and answers so much of my tension between me and God. He is above and I am below. His perspective is infinite. Mine is finite. Jesus continues “‘You are of this world; I am not of this world. I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am He you will die in your sins.’ So they said to him, ‘Who are You?’” This is beginning to sound like a who’s on first kind of conversation. They just keep asking, “Who are You anyway?”
“Jesus said to them, ‘Just what I have been telling you from the beginning.’” Do you think He was a little exasperated when He said that? “‘I have much to say about you and much to judge, but He who sent me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from Him.’ And then Johns adds this just in case we weren’t tracking with him, “They did not understand that He had been speaking to them about the Father.”
Verse 28, “So Jesus said to them, ‘When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing on my own authority, but speak just as the Father taught Me.’” What happened when Jesus breathed His final breath on the cross? They knew what they had just done. The light finally came on. That’s what He’s referring to, “‘And He who sent Me is with Me. He has not left Me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to Him.’” Now look at this in verse 30, “As He was saying these things, many believed in Him.”
That is the third time that John has said that in his gospel. In other words, the light came on for some of them. And how do you explain it, exactly? Well, you really can’t. There is sort of a mysterious nature to it but I’m just wondering does the light need to come on for some of you?
Growing up in church, working for and with churches through my adulthood, one of the things that I have come to learn is that, generally, there are about three groups of people who are sitting in this room. There are those of you who are believers and you already know it. You need a little encouragement just like we all do. You need to be encouraged to grow just like we all do. But you are believers. You’re solid. You’re in Christ. I say, “Jesus is the Son of God,” and you’re shaking your head, “Absolutely. That’s a truth that I have claimed.”
There are others of you who are not believers and you know that as well. You’re honest about it. You’re like, “Yeah, I’m not there. I’m interested. I’m coming here, but I’m not a believer. I know that for sure.”
Then there is everyone else who would say, “Dude, I don’t know what I believe. I kind of thought I knew what I believed, and then I’ve listened to the Bible being taught and I just don’t know what I believe.”
Maybe the best way for you to describe it is that you kind of feel like you are groping your way around in the dark. And I would just say, “Keep going. Keep feeling your way around in the dark, if you feel drawn to the light that’s a really good sign.” I’ll just tell you this though. It’s not a very comfortable journey. It can be painful. See, here’s the thing about the light. The light exposes everything.
It exposes us for who we are and it makes us fearful. But here’s the thing. You’ll never be set free until you do.
Now, most of the time when we think about stepping out of the darkness, we think about being exposed, we think about condemnation, we think about embarrassment. I want you to think about your worst moment, ever. Can any of you think of that right now? You don’t need to talk about it, you don’t need to write it out – just think about the moment when you felt the most shame, the moment you felt the most embarrassment, the moment when you felt the most humbled.
Where did you go? Well, if you’re like me you probably went into a dark place, to lick your wounds, to hide – you didn’t want to be exposed. The last person you wanted to see is Anderson Cooper and his CNN crew coming around the corner and putting a microphone in your face, “Hey, tell us you’re most shameful moment. We’re going to broadcast it for the entire world to see.”
I feel that so many of us are afraid of being exposed and so, just like the Pharisees, we miss Jesus on a technicality. We’re good at smokescreens. We’re good at decoys. We’re good at peppering with lots and lots of questions and everybody can just stay in the dark and that’s fine with us.
But I love how Eric Metaxas describes this. He says, “True faith is not a leap into darkness. True faith is a leap into the light.”
So, can I just ask you a couple of questions of application this morning? Do you recognize your need for light? Do you recognize it? The bible says that God is patient with us. He’s not willing that anybody should perish but that all might reach repentance. God is patient.
So, Jesus beckons us. He says, “Hey, come and step into the light. Come and be exposed for who you really are and you won’t find condemnation, you will find grace, love, and acceptance and life to help you grow.
Jesus says, “I’ve come to be a light.” To the darkness of falsehood, He is the light of truth. To the darkness of ignorance, He is the light of wisdom. To the darkness of impurity, He is the light of holiness. To the darkness of sorrow, He’s the light of joy. To the darkness of death, He’s the light of life.
Jesus says to us in John chapter 14, He says, “I am the way, the truth,” not one of the truths, “and I am the life,” not one way of life but “the life” – and that angers us, it irritates us, we think that it’s unfair and it even sounds exclusive.
A.W. Tozer said, “Jesus is not one of many ways to approach God, nor is He the best of several ways; He is the only way.”
Here’s the second question I want you to ask. Are you ready for what that light might expose? John 3:19-21 says, “…the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true…what do they do?… they come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”
I was on a CIY trip with my high school students in my student ministry years ago and one of my kids confessed some sin to me one night while were laying in the dorm almost asleep. I mean he spilled his guts that night and we talked and we prayed and when he got everything off of his chest, he said, “man that felt good.” He said, “I have been living so afraid that I would be found out. And then he said this and this was how I knew that he understood… He said, “I wish I knew that taking this step would actually make me feel free.” Lying in the darkness that night he decided to step into the light and he experienced the freedom that living in the light brings.
Because, here’s the irony about darkness. We think that we’re safe, but really we’re in slavery and only when you step into the light will you find true freedom.
Here’s the third question. When you do that, are others able to see the light of Christ within you? It’s this simple question, “Am I living right now with consistency and integrity? Do others notice the light of Christ within me? Do others notice something different? Is it counter-cultural? Not in an obnoxious way but in a way that wonders, “Why in the world would you be that selfless? Why in the world would you be that humble? Why in the world would you be that others focused?”
See, in Ephesians chapter 5 it says, “…for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true) and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore,” and here’s the invitation, “‘Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
The way the Bible describes it is “spiritual slumber” it’s “spiritual sleep” and that’s what we do in the darkness, isn’t it? We go to sleep. And the Bible asks, “Would you awaken from your slumber, awaken from your sleep?” Some of you in this room are doing some things in the darkness and you’re hiding them from your spouse. Some of you are doing things in the darkness and you’re hiding them from your friends, and you’re hiding them from your family, and you’re hiding them from the people that you love the most. And the longer that you stay in the darkness the harder it will be to step into the light.
I can think of a million reasons why we would say, “I just want to stay in the darkness.” And Jesus says that you’ll find freedom – there may be consequences, there may be pain, there may be discouragement but here’s the thing. Scripture tells us that eventually the light will come on and anything that is done in secret will be shouted from the rooftops.
Andy Stanley says that, “The consequences of confession are far less severe than the consequences of concealment.”
Here’s the last question. It’s very simple. Would you step into the light? I think I’d be totally remiss if I preached a sermon like this and didn’t offer a very clear, plain, straightforward, simple invitation to just ask you to consider stepping into the light and doing so before you actually talk yourself out of it.
Last week we offered a similar invitation and I can’t talk about Jesus and not offer you the chance to know him and be accepted by Him. See, right now, if you are spiritually asleep and you begin to get roused and the alarm goes off, it’s tempting to hit the snooze and say, “Well, maybe next weekend, maybe next Sunday, maybe next month. Let me get some stuff in order first.” But every single one of us in this room has a next step that they need to take.
Jesus says, “I am the light of the world. Would you just trust Me? Would you just take that baby step into the light?”
I just want to give you a simple invitation this morning. Would you do it?
I’m going to pray and we’re going to do one more song. After we dismiss we’ll have a couple people out by the fountains in the lobby and if you need prayer for any reason I want you to go seek out one of those people out there and they will be happy to talk, pray or do whatever you need. But would you do it?
There is an old song I used to sing a lot growing up and I just want to read one verse and the chorus for you as we begin to close. Listen to these words with me.
O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free!
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.
Do you know what it’s impossible to do when you decide to turn your eyes upon Jesus….stay in the darkness.
Will you pray with me?