“Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, ‘If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.’” vss. 31-32
John tells us that the Word was present with God in the beginning and that through the Word all things came into existence. He further tells us that this Word became flesh and lived among us as Jesus of Nazareth. When Jesus began his ministry many people who heard his word believed in him. They acknowledged that he had come from God, but they still didn’t get what this meant for their lives. People still struggle with that matter of what it means to believe in Jesus. For some it’s a matter of acknowledging that he existed, performed some miracles, was crucified, and then raised from the dead. Now those are good things to agree on–but they don’t come close to what John was talking about in his gospel. He says believing is intimately connected to continuing in the word of Jesus, and this is where it gets tricky. This word didn’t originate in the mind of a first century Jewish rabbi–rather it came directly from the Word that was with God in creation. To believe is to receive the Light of the World and let it permeate every aspect of our being. It is to be bathed in the Light of Christ! When that happens we will know the truth and nothing else will matter for us.
Thought for the Day: How do I bathe in the Light of Christ?