When the crowds heard Jesus say that when He would be lifted up, He would draw all men to Him, they could not understand. “We’ve read in Scripture that Messiah will live forever,” they said. “How can you say the Son of Man will die? And who is the Son of Man?”

Jesus replied,” My light will shine for you just a little longer.”“Walk in the Light while you can, so the darkness will not overtake you. Those who walk in darkness cannot see where they are going. Put your trust in the Light while there is still time; then you will become the children of the light.” John 12:35,36 NLT

Jesus was on this earth for only a short while. His Father gave Him thirty years of preparation and three years of ministry. During that time, He touched the lives of thousands of people; each one of them was faced with the moment of decision. Some, like blind Bartimaeus, seized the moment; he cried out loudly and insistently until Jesus healed him, and Jesus never returned to that town again. Others followed Jesus until they could no longer bear His hard sayings; and they turned away from Him.

With Jesus, it always comes down to trust, or faith, or belief. The Light of the world appeared long ago in Israel, and He still appears to souls today. We either believe in Him while there is still time, or we remain in darkness. We either walk according to His Light, or we will be overtaken by the darkness, and unable to see where we are going.

Jesus Himself has returned to His Father in Heaven. His time of walking in Israel as the Light of the World, as He said, is over. But those who put their trust in Him become the “Children of the Light.” They will carry the Light into the darkest corners of the world, reaching souls everywhere with the message that Jesus is the Light of the World, and that those who follow Him will no longer be overtaken by the darkness.

 

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