First, small group time last night was great. Deep conversation and some really thought provoking questions by all. As we left ROCC, Christy and I continued talking through our study and reflecting on the group’s participation. Thank you everyone!
One particular verse that we touched on is not one that is typically highlighted in this chapter of Lazarus’ resurrection. It occurs as Jesus tells his disciples that it was time to return to Bethany, in Judea. He had waited long enough for Lazarus to “fall asleep" and now they would go. However, the disciples quickly reminded Him that He is not welcomed there. In fact, on their last journey there He was almost stoned.
In verses 9 & 10, Jesus replies, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Anyone who walks in the daytime will not stumble, for they see by this world’s light. It is when a person walks at night that they stumble, for they have no light.” Here Christ continues a theme of light vs. darkness that is provided throughout the Gospel of John. He is the Light of the World, and as long as He was with them, it would be ok. That was likely in reference to their immediate safety on the journey to Bethany (just two miles outside of Jerusalem), and as an overriding promise of His return and their / our ultimate security.
The older I get the more I realize the practical advice to the many warnings Jesus gave us concerning the darkness. Obviously, the darkness of sin and of existing without His light, but also in the warning that not much good happens after the sun goes down. Between thieves in the night and the crazy things that happen under the "cloak of darkness", it is much better to be a creature of the daylight. So, have a wonderful weekend, just don’t stay out too late.............
"If you’ve raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in thickets by the Jordan?" (Jeremiah 12:5). Our journey is intended to be more than simply "stumbling" through the days while the world "wears us out.” We are made to experience the thrill of "running with horses” and to navigate life amongst the "thickets." The RWH blog focuses on both the spiritual race of which Jeremiah speaks, and the physical act of running that I absolutely love. In short, it's where "the miles meet the Message" to provide insight, perspective & encouragement that might enable you & I to successfully run either of the races set before us. May our course be purposeful and may we be passionate in our pursuit of the abundant life He desires for us.