Light Cannot Fit In With Darkness

Ever been aboard a flight during the night?  If there isn’t any cloud cover, you can easily tell when you are flying over a city or open land.  Why?  Because of the lights.

Ever been in a movie theater and someone starts messing with their cellphone?  How do you know they are doing that?  Because the light from their phone in the darkened room quickly alerts you to the fact.

Light has a way of easily calling attention to itself.  Jesus has told us that we are the light of the world, a city that is set on the hill and cannot be hidden and therefore we are to let our lights shine (Matthew 5:14-16).

Ever notice how light doesn’t really fit in well with darkness?  If it did, it really wouldn’t be light anymore or at least not a very good light.  You wouldn’t want to use a flashlight that hardly produced light would you?  Or watch a movie where you couldn’t make out what was happening on the screen because of the lack of light?  Yet, we as Christians, who are called lights of the world (and the world is a darkened place), somehow feel the need to try and “fit in” and be like the world so the world will come to Christ.  However, we cannot “fit in” if we are shining lights because our light exposes darkness and the world does not like that (John 3:19).

So do not worry about being mocked for your faith or ridiculed or judged.  Jesus already promised it would happen (John 15:18-25 (and many other places).  Live out your faith and let the light shine and don’t spend your time worrying how you can fit it so the “cool kids” will like you and want to hang around you.  Love people like Jesus did, serve them like He did, but also know the world will hate you even in doing that because they hated him.

I will leave you with this 90 second clip that speaks perfectly to this thought: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZZqUonNIFs

This blog post comes from further thoughts of the sermon on John 15:12-27 titled “The Great Juxtaposition Paradox” which can be found by clicking here or simply visiting http://www.refugesanger.com/teachings.  We are also on iTunes – search “Refuge Sanger” or “Pastor Mike Massey” to find our messages.

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Questions & Answers from 3/15/15

Anyone can now text questions in during & following the service based on the sermon.  Those questions not answered after the conclusion of the service will be answered here in a Q&A blog post.  This is what this is.

Q: John 15:12 states to “love one another”  Is this only love for fellow believers or even those who hate you?

A: In Matthew 5:43-47 and Luke 6:27-35 Jesus answers that for us by telling us to “love our enemies” and goes on to expound on that.  He uses the Greek word “agape” (unconditional love) in both places just as he used in John 15:12.  So we are to love even our enemies, which is impossible in our own strength, but praise God, Jesus has given us the Holy Spirit to empower us to be able to do so.

Q: Who were those who hated Jesus (John 15:18)?

A: Jesus said, if the world hates you know that it hated me before it hated you.  The world is mankind as a whole.  Romans 5:10 tells us how we were enemies with God when we were reconciled.  Luke 11:23 states that those not with Jesus are against Him.  Whether we realized it or not, before we were Christians we were enemies of God doing those things against Him because we served Satan, walking according to this world and according to Satan (Ephesians 2:2).  We know we fight not against flesh and blood but against spiritual forces (Ephesians 6:12).  Satan hates Jesus and hates His children and thus those who are serving Him will do likewise (some more vocally and physically than others).

Q: Who killed Christ and who are the counterparts today?

A: In the literal sense, the Romans crucified Jesus and the Jewish leaders as well as the people asked the Roman government to crucify Him.  However, we know He willfully laid down His life and could have easily sent a legion of angels to destroy those seeking to kill Him if He wanted (Matthew 26:52-53, John 10:15-17, and other places).  We also know that it was our sins that He was crucified for so that we may have forgiveness and grace.  Our sin is what is deserving of punishment and Christ took that punishment for us, so in a figurative sense, we played a part in that crucifixion of Christ.