Read John 8.12-20

                Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”  Then the Pharisees said to him, “You are testifying on your own behalf; your testimony is not valid.”
                 Jesus answered, “Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid because I know where I have come from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going.  You judge by human standards; I judge no one.  Yet even if I do judge, my judgment is valid; for it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father who sent me.  In your law it is written that the testimony of two witnesses is valid.  I testify on my own behalf, and the Father who sent me testifies on my behalf.”
                 Then they said to him, “Where is your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.”  He spoke these words while he was teaching in the treasury of the temple, but no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.


From Rev. X. Rae Browning, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Cumberland, MD

                Jesus’ testimony of the light that wipes out darkness–even when things look bleak to the human heart and eye–holds great truth. When things take place that seem to blot out all manner of life and hope, turning to Jesus as the Light gives hope to the believer. Calling on the Father to send the great Healer to minister to a loved one in need generates a revealing of the truth that Jesus never leaves us alone.  Jesus with the Father stand together, loving us so much that the promise is made sure:  Beyond all suffering, pain, and sorrow lies a glorious future.  So trust in Jesus and call on God’s light to take away the darkness in the world.

Father Almighty, where there is darkness let there be light —
the light of Jesus that opens our hearts to believe and receive.