You can take this whole world, but give me Jesus…
Jesus is the Source and Hub of our life, around which every aspect of our life should revolve.
Like the Hub of a wheel, our lives don’t even work without Him at its center – and it was never intended that it should.
The problem is there are too many nominal Christians who treat Jesus as an ornament, like the spoke of a wheel. If one spoke is missing, the wheel will work just fine.
The point is, Jesus can’t be your Savior, unless He is also your Lord!
In John 1:4-5, Jesus tells us that,
“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”
Why does Jesus’ life bring light to everyone?
Because physical death brings eternal darkness and ONLY Jesus’ eternal life (His light) planted in us will keep us alive in His new Kingdom for eternity.
Jesus is eternally alive because He is God.
He came to earth to offer humankind (the descendants of Adam) the hope and light of His eternal life.
It can’t be purchased, only received as a gift.
But Jesus gives it only to those who want it—those who want to live the way God’s citizens will live in his future eternal Kingdom.
“The darkness can never extinguish it” means that the darkness of evil never has and never will overcome God’s light.
Jesus Christ is the creator of ALL life, and His life brings light to humankind (1:9).
In His light, we see ourselves as we really are—sinners in need of a Savior.
When we follow Jesus, the true Light, we can avoid walking blindly through the spiritual darkness that sin brings.
Jesus lights the path ahead of us, illuminating the truth and clarifying our thoughts so we can see how to live.
He removes the darkness of sin from our lives.
In what ways have you allowed the Light of Jesus Christ to shine into your life?
Let him guide you, and you’ll never need to stumble in darkness.
“Yeshua (Jesus) is the missing PIECE of the riddle of life. When He becomes the focal POINT, everything else suddenly falls into perspective. The presence of Yeshua is the enlightenment of the soul.”
“Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying,
“I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the Light of life.” (John 8:12)
Jesus here was speaking in the Treasury—the part of the Temple where the offerings would be given (8:20) and where candles burned to symbolize the pillar of fire that had led the people of Israel through the wilderness (Exodus 13:21-22).
In this context, Jesus called Himself the Light of the World.
The pillar of fire represented God’s presence, protection, and guidance.
Likewise, Jesus brings God’s presence, protection, and guidance to every born-again Believer’s life.
The question is, have you yet made Him the Light of your world?
What does it mean to follow Jesus?
As a soldier follows His captain, we should follow Jesus, our commander.
As a slave follows His master, we should follow Jesus, our Lord.
As we follow the advice of a trusted counselor, we should follow Jesus’ commands to us in Scripture.
As we follow national laws, we should follow the laws of the Kingdom of Heaven.
Jesus says in another place, “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46)
In verses 46-49, He makes the point,
“Why would someone build a house without a foundation?”
Perhaps to save time and avoid the hard work of preparing the stone.
Possibly because waterfront scenery is more attractive or because beach houses represent a higher social status than cliff houses.
Perhaps because they want to join their friends who have already settled in sandy areas.
Maybe because they haven’t heard about the violent storms coming, because they have discounted the reports, or because they think disaster can’t happen to them.
Whatever their reasons, those with no foundation are shortsighted, and they will be sorry.
Obeying God is like building a house on a strong, solid (Rock) foundation that stands firm when storms come.
When life is calm, our foundations don’t seem to matter, but when crises come (as they often will), our foundations are tested.
Hebrews 12:25-29 warns us,
“See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying,
‘Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.’
Now this, ‘Yet once more,’ indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain.
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.
For our God is a consuming fire.”
So be sure that your life is built on the solid foundation of knowing and trusting Jesus Christ!
Our lives are ONLY made to work , with Jesus — the Author and Creator of our life — as He reigns at the center of our life 24/7 365
As Paul says in Galatians 2:20 (and let this also be our daily confession),
“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
Selah (let us pause and calmly think about that)
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