Have you ever wanted to tell someone about the hope they can have in Jesus, but you've shied away from doing so because you feared receiving a negative response from them? Have you ever worried if others will think you're weird, crazy, or fanatical?
Spiritually speaking, we've all experienced what it means to walk in darkness. At the time, however, we probably didn't realize we were walking in it. Darkness was what we were accustomed to. Darkness was what we knew best. And since most of the people in our lives were also walking in darkness, it really didn't seem out of place to us.
But God did not design us to walk in darkness. It isn't His desire that we do so. As Jesus was revealing His divine nature to groups of Jewish religious leaders, He explained that He is the light of the world. Those who follow Him will not walk in darkness any longer, but will experience the light of true spiritual life.
Jesus took the loaves and the fish, gave thanks for them, and had them distributed to the people. They were all invited to eat as much as they wanted and the leftovers were gathered after everyone ate to their fill. Amazingly, after thousands had been fed, there was more left over than they started with, and the people recognized this as a miraculous sign.
The next day, they came seeking Jesus again. If you had experienced this miracle, what do you think you would be most content with; Jesus or more bread? Sadly, the people seemed to want bread more than they wanted Christ. They weren't thinking on a deeper, spiritual level. They were primarily consumed with their physical needs and filling their bellies.
So Jesus attempted to show them that they were seeking something of lesser importance when they should have been seeking Him. They considered consumable bread to be their primary source of life, but Jesus was trying to explain to them that He is the source of true life.
Consider some of the statements Jesus made about Himself in John's gospel. He said...
"I am the bread of life" (John 6:35-51)
"I am the light of the world" (John 8:12, 9:5)
"before Abraham was born, I am!" (John 8:58)
"I am the door" (John 10:7-9)
"I am the good shepherd" (John 10:11-14)
"I am the resurrection and the life" (John 11:25)
"I am the way and the truth and the life" (John 14:6)
"I am the true vine" (John 15:1-5)
"I am he" (John 18:4-5)
These "I am" statements that Jesus was making hearkened back to a conversation Moses had with God in Exodus 3. In that chapter, God told Moses that His name was, "I AM WHO I AM." When Jesus made the "I am" statements found in John's gospel, He was doing so, in part, to reveal His true nature to those who would hear or read these words.
In every generation, mankind ends up experiencing disappointment with their leaders. We elect leaders, or leaders are appointed to govern us, but in big ways and small ways, they often let us down. We have a perfect ideal of what a leader should do and how a leader should function in his role, but our human leaders never fully match our idealistic hopes.
There is one leader, however, who will finally satisfy our craving for righteous leadership. Scripture tells us that the day is coming when Jesus Christ will return to rule and reign from Jerusalem. He will rule with perfect wisdom, righteousness, and benevolence. He will satisfy the longstanding desire of the hearts of men for the perfect leader to guide them.
Today is a special day for the Chapter-A-Day Audio Bible. We just crossed over 2,000,000 downloads!
Several years ago, I started a project to record the entire text of the Bible and release it as a free, daily podcast. The project took three years to complete, and since that time, I have learned that the recordings are being used by;
The blind and visually impaired
Families who do daily devotions together
Those who are training for vocational ministry
People of all stripes who want to grow in their walk with Christ