Come to the Light of Jesus

John 12:44-50
Acts 12:24—13:5a / Psa 67

I came into the world as light, so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness.
(John 12:46)

The light of Truth is God’s gift to man,
The Word made flesh, His beloved Son;
Believe His words are the Father’s plan,
As the Father and Jesus are One.

Then Jesus cried out, “Whoever believes in me does not believe in me only, but in the One who sent me. The one who looks at me is seeing the One who sent me. I came into the world as light, so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness. If anyone hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge that person. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; the very words I have spoken will condemn them at the last day. For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken. I know that His command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.” (John 12:44-50)

Reflection

St. John the evangelist must have remembered these words of our Lord when he wrote his gospel account, which reveals his intimate relationship with Jesus as His ‘most beloved apostle’. In his opening chapter, John wrote, “What came to be through Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (Jn 1:4-5).

Jesus knew the hearts of the Pharisees and scribes who refused to believe in Him, even when the evidences of His divinity were clearly incontrovertible. In all their schemes and machinations they had failed to prove Him wrong. And yet, they still insisted they were right; their pride and hardness of heart kept them from seeking the light of truth in His words; they opted to remain in the darkness of their false faith. Jesus warned them: “If anyone hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge that person. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; the very words I have spoken will condemn them at the last day.”

The very words of Jesus are also what will save us on Judgment Day. But only if we believe them and share His Message to others. As He said, “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.” (Mt.10:32-33) There is simply no compromise or middle ground. Either we are following the light of Jesus by living His Word, or we are still living in the darkness of sin and prejudice by refusing to believe in Him or acknowledge Him to others.

It does not require any deep theological insight to understand the importance of having faith as against not believing at all (to remain in darkness). Faith is like a ray of light. You cannot touch it, hear it or feel it. But definitely, you can see it, know that it is real, and can dispel the darkness. But why do some people prefer to shun the light and remain in darkness? Jesus Himself answered this in an earlier chapter: “This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.” (John 3:19-21)

O Holy Spirit, we pray: let Your light shine upon us to dispel the darkness of doubts and despair. Lead us from pride, disobedience and prejudice into perfect submission to the Father’s will. Amen.

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