“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.
Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.”
John 1:1, 4, 16-18 NIV
Jesus, the Light of the world, came full of grace and truth to make the Father known! Hallelujah! Let’s look at some examples of Christ as He shines God’s light on a dark world.
“While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.””
Mark 2:15-17 NIV
Sinners loved Jesus, and the reason is that He first loved them. As they followed Him and began to get acquainted with Him, He gave them hope. He was a comfort and a source of joy and He was a physician to those who were sick in their spirit. He even tells us He came to call sinners! He was sent just for them!
Sometime read the entire Chp of Luke 15.
“Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.””
Luke 15:1-2 NIV
After the Pharisees complaint He teaches three beautiful parables: the parable of the lost sheep, the parable of the lost coin, and the prodigal son. All of these describe someone who seems to be very distressed over their loss and is shown to make great strides in making a recovery.
The shepherd left the other 99 and went and looked for the one that was lost until he found it! He is so happy he tells his friends so they can be happy with him!
A woman with ten silver coins loses one and lights a lamp and sweeps through the whole house until she finds it. And is so happy she can’t help but to tell her friends.
Another young man goes off and deliberately lives in sin and winds up worse off than the swine he is tending. His father goes out every day and looks out over the horizon to see if his son is coming home. When he does arrive, the father celebrates and restores everything that he squandered!
Think of the grace of God and His love for sinners, and the great joy in heaven over one sinner that repents!
“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.”
Romans 5:6-11 NIV
How gracious of the Father, that He loved us so much that He would allow His Son to shed His blood and purchase the redemption of His powerless enemies and rescue us from His wrath! And not only that, He adopted us into His own family and made us joint heirs with Christ!
“having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.”
Ephesians 1:5-6 NKJV
“If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
Galatians 3:29 NIV
What a generous and merciful Father God we have! Hallelujah!
To be continued…