Meditation Passage for Corporate Fasting and Praying: Wednesday, March 6, 2019/ Theme: “Jesus, the Light of the World”

Meditation Passage for Corporate Fasting and Praying: Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Theme: “Jesus, the Light of the World”
1. People in the world live in darkness because they do not have the light of Christ
In Paul’s letters, both creation humanity are fallen and therefore stand under God’s judgment (1 Cor. 7:31). “The world is the dwelling place of men who have no hope and who are without God” (Eph. 2:12). The following verses describe God’s relationship with the world:
a. The world is God’s creation (Ps. 8)
b. God loves the world ( John 3:16)
c. The world is fallen & sinful (Rom. 5:12; John 8:34)
d. Those who do not know Christ live in the sphere of darkness and under the dominion of the evil one (Satan)
e. Unbelievers are alienated from God and Jesus (John 8:23-24) and therefore rebellious toward God
e. Those who loves the things of this world do not love God because they hate the Light (John 1:10), Jesus Himself (John 18:18, 25)
Nonetheless, God’s goal is to redeem the world, reconcile all people through Jesus (2 Cor. 5:19), and to make the them free from sin (John 8:36).
2. Jesus is the Light of the World meaning He is the Only Savior and all other saviors are false.
a. To say Jesus is Light of the world means He is the redeeming Savior of the World (John 4:42)
b. Jesus is the Light of the World (John 8:12)
c. Jesus Bring Light to the Darkness (John 1:13)
d. Jesus is not just the location of light or the one who can point people to light, he is the Light Himself. He is the embodiment of Light.
e. Jesus as True light: “whoever follows me will never walk in darkness” (John 1:5, 9; 3:19-21; 12:35, 46)
3. Because Jesus is the Light and Savior of the World, what he demands from the world are matters of life and death, salvation or damnation. Here are some of his radical demands from all people:
a. To walk in the Light
b. To be born again: John 3:3
c.Repent: Matt 4:17; Luke 5:32; Luke 13:3, 5
d. Come to Me: Matt 11:28; John 7:37; John 6:35; John 5:40; John 11:43-44
e. Believe in Me: John 14:1; John 14:11; John 12:36
“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”—John 3:3
“17 From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”-Matthew 4:17
32 I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”—Luke 5:32
No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.4—Luke 13:3
5 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”—Luke 13:5
“I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.”—John 6:35
28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”—Mathew 11:28-30
“On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.”—John 7:37
“Yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life. “—John 5:40
Pastor Joseph