Good morning! I hope this day finds you and your family well, and I want you to know that you are in my prayers daily during this difficult time.
I invite you to take a few moments with me to reflect on today’s Upper Room Devotional below — as well as on the theology woven into “It is well with my soul.”
John 12:44-46 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Summary of Jesus’ Teaching
44 Then Jesus cried aloud: “Whoever believes in me believes not in me but in him who sent me. 45 And whoever sees me sees him who sent me. 46 I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in the darkness.
Tim’s Devotional Reflection for Today
Today’s brief passage of scripture in some ways sums up what the gospel of John wants to say about Jesus. To see and know the nature of Jesus is to see and know the nature of God. In our world what can be very dark, Jesus has come as the light that shines in the darkness and the darkness never overcomes light. To believe—or trust—in Jesus is to see that light shining in the darkness.
There is much darkness in our world today—but there is also light that shines in the darkness. In the gospel of John Jesus says, “I am the light of the world.” (John 8:12) In the gospel of Matthew, Jesus says, “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” The good works that people do dispel darkness.
The good news of our faith is that Jesus is the light of the world and we can reflect that light into the dark places, bringing hope and making our world a better place.
Thank you for sharing this early moment of your day with me, with God, and with the words and music that I hope you will carry with you throughout the coming day and night.
I am so grateful for you, for our church, and for the Love that will see us all through this very difficult time. Please stay safe and well and we’ll be together again in spirit tomorrow morning!
Grace and Peace,
Dr. Tim Bruster