“Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” 29 The crowd that stood there and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” 30 Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not mine. 31 Now is the judgement of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out. 32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” 33 He said this to show by what kind of death he was going to die. 34 So the crowd answered him, “We have heard from the Law that the Christ remains for ever. How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?” 35 So Jesus said to them, “The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. 36 While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.”
Sons of Light
Jesus reveals more of himself in this passage. He emphasizes that he is the Son of Man. Jesus’ identity s still rapped in mystery, but it is not a weak and pathetic mystery. There is power in the events leading up to Jesus’ death. He has purpose and a will of iron. This is not a pathetic man who is going to be entrapped. This is a powerful man who is going to surrender himself.
A time of decision is upon the people around Jesus. They must decide if Jesus is the one they will follow. He is the light and surrender to Jesus will lead to a new kind of life. This life is one where we do not embrace dark deeds. We become children of righteousness. Self-righteousness is dark and keeps its true self hidden. It is a righteous living that exposes darkness to light on a daily basis. It is painful and open, but it is beautiful and alive.
Jesus, you have bought for us a life of light. Help us to live a disciplined life of joy and risk and wonder. Help us to live in the presence of the light because we were born in darkness.
- Did those who thought it thundered not hear God’s voice?
- What is the connection between the voice from heaven and living in the light?
- Where does the one who walks in darkness think he or she is going?
- Is you life being lived in the light right now?
- How can God encourage you to a disciplined life lived in the light?