Date: Friday, July 11
Scripture: John 8:12-18
Verse: Jesus spoke to the people again, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me won’t walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)
You may have heard it said, “Nothing good happens after 2 a.m.” It is a strange phenomenon how people get into trouble in the wee hours of the morning. The darkness seems to give us permission to do things we would never try in the light of day.
In the verses immediately preceding today’s reading, Jesus convinces a group of religious leaders not to stone a woman caught in adultery. Jesus sends her on her way with these parting words, “Go, and from now on, don’t sin anymore.” He then turns to the people around him and says, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me won’t walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” Jesus is bringing us into a place of new life, where our sins are not only forgiven, but can be overcome when we choose to walk not in the darkness of the world, but in his “light of life.”
Following Jesus is something we must do intentionally every day. Just as yesterday’s light doesn’t help us with today’s darkness, so too we need to find that light of life each day. We cannot simply rely on what we have done in the past or what we plan to do in the future. We must instead choose to exit the darkness of 2 a.m. and walk in the morning sun, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Prayer: Thank you Jesus for calling me out of the darkness and into the light. Amen.
Action: Read the local police blotter, taking note of the time of day things occur.
Respond: What other advice have you heard about staying out of trouble?
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