The Message of Jesus


May 5 (Acts 26:17-18)

Yes, I am sending you to the Gentiles to open their eyes, so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God. Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins and be given a place among God’s people, who are set apart by faith in me.  (NLT)

Life in Jesus is about far more than having a genie in a bottle to help us out every now and then when things get rough.  It is a radical altering and reorienting of the very essence of our selves, and Jesus lays this out quite clearly in His words to Paul.

First, we move from spiritual, and very real, darkness to light.  Apart from God we are susceptible to the power of Satan, which can be hard to recognize and almost impossible to resist.  By surrendering to Jesus, we move out from that power and come to God Himself.  Second, we receive forgiveness for our sins, which we would not even know we needed without the light of God illuminating what is truly dark.  Finally, we receive a place among the people of God.  The work of Jesus is not just to clean us up and then send us out on our own, but to incorporate us into the body of those who dwell in the joyful presence of God forever.

And all of that is available through faith in Jesus.  That is all it takes.  Accept Him as Lord and Savior, and all that can be yours.  Pause and think about that for a moment.  If you have already surrendered your life to Him, rejoice and thank Him for the amazing gift He has given you and share this good news with those you know who need that gift as well.  If it all sounds too good to be true, but something you know youlight-darkness desperately want, then invite Him into your heart today.  What Jesus told Paul to offer people two thousand years ago, He is offering to you right now.

O Jesus, the light and life You offer is more than I can comprehend, yet I know I want it.  In fact, I want nothing more than You this day.  However closely or poorly I have followed You before, I confess my sin to You and surrender all to You this moment.  Help me to live in the light and life of You, my Savior.  Amen.


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