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“I am the LIGHT of the world…” Jn 8:12 Light exposes sin. Light directs to safety. Light diagnoses sickness.
In the OR• In vv. 31-47, there are 4 cycles of exchange• Jesus, the Master Surgeon, examines the darkness that is still inside them• He uses the bright light of truth• After each exchange, Jesus cuts a little more
True Disciples• Discipleship begins with belief or faith• Discipleship continues to listen and obey Jesus’ words of truth – There will be a growth in the understanding and application of truth – There will be freedom from error
Exam 1: As Jesus evaluates hearts with His light, Have I ever truly believed? Am I growing in my truth application skills? Do I desire more error-free living?
Truth Clarity• If you think that being related to Abraham will save you, you are dangerously wrong – While I try to help you, you are trying to kill me – You do not understand your problem – Your problem is a hereditary genetic flaw• Your case has been discussed, it’s known fully• You are trapped in a deadly pattern of sin
Error Resistance• “Abraham is our father” is not a good solution – We are clean from any inherited disease – We are following carefully all of the man-made rules passed down from generation to generation – We do not have a problem
Truth Accuracy• Disciples act like their Master Teacher – While I try to help you, you are trying to kill me – You are not listening to diagnostic truth – Your problem is with God• Your actions speak louder than your profession
Error Accusation• At least we have a legitimate father! – You have no right to lecture us on sin – I am not responsible to your standards• God is our only Father.
Healthy Disciples• Disciples love Jesus and follow Him only• Disciples recognize His authority• Disciples understand His words• Disciples accept His words, without accusations or resistance• Disciples believe Jesus and belong with Him
Exam 3:As Jesus evaluates hearts with His light, Do I understand discipleship? Am I obeying truth without conditions or excuses?
As Jesus evaluates hearts with His light, Are you “true”, abiding in the Word? Are you “free”, forgiven and fleeing from sin? Are you “active and healthy”, doing His will with strength and determination?