Despite all the miracles Jesus had done, most of the people still did not believe in Him. This had been foretold by the prophet Isaiah many years before–“Lord, who has believed our message? To whom has the Lord revealed His powerful arm?” Isaiah 53:1 NLT

Yet there were some who believed Him, even including some of the religious leaders. These believed in secret, not in public, for fear of being expelled from the synagogues.Against this backdrop, Jesus cried out to the crowds: “If you trust in Me, you are trusting not only Me, but also God Who sent Me. For when you see Me, you are seeing the One Who sent Me. I have come as a Light to this dark world, so that all who put their trust in Me will no longer remain in the dark.” John 12: 44-46 NLT.

So perfectly did Jesus represent His Father, so faithfully did He do His Father’s will, that anyone seeing or hearing Jesus, and believing in Him, was seeing and hearing God the Father, and believing in Him. For Jesus and His Father, as He said  repeatedly, are one.

The religious authorities of the day, of course, claiming to be enlightened by the One True God, hated Jesus and those who believed in Him. There is, perhaps, no darkness worse than the darkness that claims to be enlightened. Not even the pagan Romans hated Jesus the way the chief Jewish religious leaders did.

Jesus came as a Light into this dark world. And like a light in the darkness, He could not be hidden. Everyone saw in Him something completely different from their usual experience– in a word, they saw God. Some saw hope and healing and compassion like they had never before imagined. Some listened to teaching they had never heard before, teaching that both excited and convicted them. And some found themselves exposed as frauds, out of touch with the Spirit of God, their religious authority over others threatened.

When Jesus, the Light of the world, comes into our darkness, we either embrace Him or we run from Him. Those who embrace Him, those who believe in Him and trust Him, are the ones who leave the darkness behind and walk with Him into the Light–for all of eternity.

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