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Seeing the Light

Humans have spirituality, but unless we believe in Christ, we do not have life.

We're all familiar with the traditions relating to the Wise Men. For instance, for some reason we've decided there were three of them. The Bible doesn't say that, but it does say there were three kinds of gifts given. Other traditions have developed as to how they found out what was going on, and what the star was that purportedly they saw.

We can say that when those wise men saw the star, they followed it to its logical saw the light. You could also say there were far more people who saw the same light and didn't follow it than those who did see it and follow it.

The light that Christ has shown our world has resulted in many people seeing and following it, but there are many who have seen the same truth but have declined to follow through.

The sun shines on everybody. If you want to you can sit in the sun. If you prefer, you can sit in a cave. Your choice doesn't stop the sun from shining. It just means you decline to derive benefit from its heat.

So it is with Christ. His light continues to shine, but not all people respond to it as they ought.

Jesus said, "I have come as a light." John's Gospel has several themes that keep cropping up. One of those themes is life. Another one is light.

In chapter 1, he says, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it."

Notice that at the beginning of his Gospel, John is making a powerful statement concerning life and light, and he links the two. He says, "In the beginning was the Word." "The Word" ...

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Stuart Briscoe is minister-at-large of Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, Wisconsin, and author of several books, including What Works When Life Doesn't (Howard Books).

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Sermon Outline:

Introduction: Many have seen the light and the truth, but decline to follow it.

I. Humans have a unique intelligence, moral sensitivity, and spirituality but lack faith, truth, and life.

II. Some who meet Jesus will not believe, and some can not.

Conclusion: We are the light of the world, and we need to shine.