Holy Tuesday: April 3                                                           

John 12:20-36  

            Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus.

            Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor.

             “Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say–‘ Father, save me from this hour’? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.”

             The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.”

             Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die.

             The crowd answered him, “We have heard from the law that the Messiah remains forever. How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?”

             Jesus said to them, “The light is with you for a little longer. Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness may not overtake you. If you walk in the darkness, you do not know where you are going. While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of light.” After Jesus had said this, he departed and hid from them.

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            Like many people, David and I tend to leave a light on in the house at night.  Not sure why, at least in this house.  The light is usually on in the downstairs back of the house, and we’re asleep in the upstairs front, so when we wake up it’s very dark where we are, at least in this time of the year.  We’ve had children and grandchildren who were/are afraid of the dark.  And even as adults we have that fear of the unknown, the great void, the darkness that can seem to envelop and overwhelm our lives.  But we are reminded that we have a light in our lives that cannot be extinguished, a light to guide our paths, not just for physical movement, but guide the direction of our lives no matter how “dark” it is around us.  We are invited into the light, to walk with Jesus as children of the light.  What hope, what joy, what comfort is our God!

I want to walk as a child of the light, I want to follow Jesus. 

God set the stars to give light to the world, the star of my life is Jesus. 

In him there is no darkness at all, the night and the day are both alike. 

The lamb is the light of the city of God: 

Shine in my heart, Lord Jesus.”   

            (I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light, by Kathleen Thomerson)

Rev. Jayne L. Chafin

Parkersburg, WV

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