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The Purposes for Lighthouses• Lighthouses are not for decorations, for photo opportunities, or for tourist attractions• Lighthouses are for safety and direction• The law of the lighthouse – If you defy the lighthouse you will die. – If you trust the lighthouse you will live.
PHARISEES Wave 1 JESUS • Your claim is legally inadmissible (v13) • Your attack is legally ill-advised (vv14-18) • Show us your credentials (v19a) • I need no further credentials (v19b) The lighthouse stands and continues to shine brightly! (v20)
PHARISEES Wave 2 JESUS • I will be leaving soon (v21) • What are you going to do? (v22) • You misunderstand my purpose (vv23-24) • Who are you? (v25a) • You misunderstand my purpose (vv25b-29) The lighthouse stands and continues to shine brightly! (v30)
Jesus’ Purpose Light exposes sin (and its dangers). Light directs to safety.
Conclusions• Follow the Light’s direction to safety.• Shine your light for others to be directed towards safety. (cf. Mt 5:14-16) – To know you is to know your Father also. (v19) – Declare to the world what you have heard from Him. (v26) – Always speak the words and do the things that please Him. (vv28-29)
“Maine Lighthouses” Photography courtesy of Bob Shelton