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RCCG Miracle Land Dundalk
Wednesday, May 15 2024

Contributor: Esther Alajiki

INTRODUCTION
Life is the quality that distinguishes a vital and functional being from a dead body. A principle or force that is considered to underlie the distinctive quality of animate beings. An organismic state Characterized by Capacity for Metabolism, Growth, Reaction to Stimuli, And Reproduction.

John 1:4-5
“4 In Him was LIFE [and the power to bestow life], and the life was the LIGHT of men. 5 The Light shines on in the darkness, and the darkness did not understand it or overpower it or appropriate it or absorb it [and is unreceptive to it]. AMP

In Jesus we have the embodiment of both life and light. The word John uses for life is Zoe this refers to life as God has it. The essence of life not limited by time or death. John uses this word light 21 times in His Gospel. Jesus said on two occasions, "I am the light of the world" (John 8:12, 9:5 NIV).

The Rabbis used light as a name for the Messiah that was promised to come. Reference to Jesus as the light is the proclamation of His divine identity and mission – as the long awaited Messiah also meaning that Jesus is God.

Jesus has brought us physical life but He wants to give us eternal life. John 3:16 and abundant life John 10:10 - life beyond our wildest dreams. “In Him we live and move and have our being”. Jesus is the True Life, he is the source of spiritual life. He is the true vine (Jn15:1). We need to be attached to him to be alive spiritually (Eph2:1.) We get attached to Him as we listen to His Words. We need to remain in Him to stay alive spiritually. We remain in Jesus not just by going to church, but as we personally remain in His Words and in His love (Jn15:7,9). Just as a branch draws on the vine’s life source, we need to depend on Jesus personally and draw on the source of spiritual life that only He can give and apart from Him we can do nothing (Jn15:5b).

Life and light is possible only for those who believe in the name of Jesus Christ, following the ways of the world is death. His life is light because it shows us where we came from and where we’re going back to. His life is light because it gives us hope in a world full of darkness. His light gives us life.
I John 5:11-13 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.

“The life was the light of men” As Light He gives us sight. (Jn 12:46, John 9:39). Once again, Jesus spoke to the people and said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life." John 8:12. Jesus brings us the light that restores us from spiritual death and darkness John 9:39. The real blind are those who think they see outside of Jesus’ light.

While on manoeuvres, a battleship lookout noted a light in the dark, foggy night. After noting the light's coordinates, the captain recognized his ship was on a collision course with the other vessel. The captain instructed, "Signal the ship: We are on a collision course; advise you change course 20 degrees." The return signal countered, "Advisable for you to change course 20 degrees." The captain signalled, "I'm a captain, change course 20 degrees." The response was, "I'm a seaman second class, you'd better change your course 20 degrees." By this time the captain was furious. His signal curtly ordered, "I'm a battleship. Change course 20 degrees." The reply: "I'm a lighthouse. You make your decision."

Discussion: Characteristics of having life

  • Capacity for Metabolism - ingestion, digestion absorption and excretion
  • Growth – developing into maturity is what guarantees bearing of fruits
  • Reaction to Stimuli – living in the world and not conforming to the world
  • Reproduction – Making disciples and increasing the kingdom

John 3:19 "And this is the verdict: The Light has come into the world, but men loved the darkness rather than the Light because their deeds were evil."

CONCLUSION
Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Follow thou Me. I am the way, the truth, and the life. John 14:6
“MY CHILD, the more you depart from yourself, the more you will be able to enter into Me. As the giving up of exterior things brings interior peace, so the forsaking of self unites you to God. I will have you learn perfect surrender to My will, without contradiction or complaint. Follow Me. I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Without the Way, there is no going. Without the Truth, there is no knowing. Without the Life, there is no living. I am the Way which you must follow, the Truth which you must believe, the Life for which you must hope. I am the inviolable Way, the infallible Truth, the unending Life. I am the Way that is straight, the supreme Truth, the Life that is true, the blessed, the uncreated Life. If you abide in My Way you shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free, and you shall attain life everlasting. (Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis)
Wise people realign their priorities to Christ and develop disciplines that will help them to pursue the light and bring others to the light.

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