Today is Good Friday. A day of remembrance of the work done on the cross for us. Before we were born. Hard to fathom. Yet it is true.
Today we will watch portions of the film “Matthew”. We will also enjoy our day off from school and work. And I will tell my children He is the light. In John there are several amazing statement made by Jesus declaring Himself as the “I AM”.
This declaration comes after the telling of His writing in the dirt while talking with the Pharisees and adulteress woman. Maybe He wrote in the dirt because he could not according to law write on paper on the Sabbath if it was that day. Maybe He was drawing attention to Himself, away from the woman. Then He pointedly calls the accusers out by pointing to their own condition…sinners. As they fade away under the charge, He speaks gently to her of forgiveness and a new way of life. Just as he does to us.
The grace and mercy He treats her with is the same mercy and grace He treats us with. And the same forgiveness. The forgiveness wrapped in mercy and grace is the same for us. I could have been that woman. I have been that woman, not just accused but guilty. I know His forgiveness, mercy and grace. I know it!
He forgave me. Totally. He could because He is the “I AM”.
And later, in the next recorded event by John, He boldly declares, I AM the light of the world. Did you get He was in the temple? He just dispelled darkness in a woman’s life. He just exposed the darkness in the accusers’ hearts.
I am amazed at this. Follow Him and never walk in darkness and not only that…will have the light of life. I see His love and care, His promise of peace and joy, absence of anxiety. What a relief! How often to I have to remind myself of this; how often does the Holy Spirit whisper that to me? I am the light of the world.
Today we will remember and affirm His work on the cross and our own release from darkness.
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. John 8:12