Joh 12:44 Jesus screamed out, “The believer in me believes not in me, but in my sender.
Joh 12:45 And the one who experiences me experiences my sender.
Joh 12:46 I have come as light into the world, so that every believer in me would not stay in the darkness.
Obeying the light
The darkness Jesus speaks of here is the lack of awareness of the Father’s desire and plan. Jesus came to expose those things. Many claimed a special relationship with God in Jesus’ day. But only those who had a true faith in Christ were walking in his light, and thus experiencing his sender.
We who talk about the gospel make much of following Christ as a way to God. Jesus came to die for our sins, but he also came to show us a way to the Father. In fact, those two missions are parts of the same one plan. Those who trust in the cross of Jesus are also inclined to obey the teachings of Jesus. Doing so not only makes us “happy in Jesus” but gives us confidence that we will inherit the permanent life he promised.
Lord, give all of us who trust you the courage to obey you.