John 8:12, 'Jesus spoke again to the people and said, 'I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.''
In this passage from Sunday the Pharisees were more attracted to the situation than the message. Jesus was speaking about saving all mankind, and the Pharisees were trying to hammer Jesus on the fact that he didn't bring any witnesses to back up what he was saying. They still viewed Jesus as just a man. He spoke of a Father that they thought they knew and they thought they worshipped. The Father they prayed to revolved around their traditions and man made rules. The situations and details started to overshadow their God.
Jesus was speaking at the Feast of Tabernacles. A Jewish holiday where they remembered the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt. God led them away during the night with a pillar of fire (Ex. 13:21). And so at this festival they constructed a huge candelabra, set it on fire to remember that pillar. I can envision Jesus standing by this man made pillar of fire (that could be seen from miles around!) and saying the words, 'I am the light of the world.'
Simply to say-I led you out of Egypt and I still call you to follow me.
I'm learning that to follow does not mean agreement alone. It means to serve, to obey, to give, to be taught, and the scary part-to change. How hard is it to change? It's up to you and whether you want to follow Jesus.
Our goal at The Rescue is to dive into the Word of God-the Bible-and see how Jesus told us to live. If we are doing something that doesn't line up with Jesus' words-we change. We still have lessons to learn. I still have lessons to learn, and I'm excited to be along side a group of people who are dependent on God and want to honestly learn more about their amazing creator. If you are reading this and have questions about God-please contact me.
-PC (Pastor Cory)