Let Jesus Speak For Himself - Part 4
Let Jesus Speak For Himself
“I Am The Light of the World”
The Different Lights that Jesus Shines
Ways God uses Light
To Spotlight Sin (Holy Spirit)
When one realizes that they are forgiven by God’s G.R.A.C.E.
Acts 9 Paul is converted by the Light of Jesus
“Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples… 3 As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” 5 “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,”
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“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live [Continually] as children of light… 11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them… 13 everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light…
Q: When did you first have a realization of your sin, and God’s grace of forgiveness?
“Wake-up call” = God’s Spotlight
15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, [FOR God, not FOR yourself] because the days are evil.”
King David did not.
He was not very careful, or wise.
The Lord sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, “There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. 2 The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, 3 but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him. 4 “Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.”5 David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, “As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this must die! 6 He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.” 7 Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man!” [Wake-up call/Spotlight] … [v. 8 says God blessed him enormously] 9 Why did you despise the word of the Lord by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. 10 Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, [Description, not Prescription] because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite [Bathsheba] to be your own.’ 15 After Nathan had gone home, the Lord struck the child that Uriah’s wife had borne to David, and he became ill. 16 David pleaded with God for the child. He fasted and spent the nights lying in sackcloth on the ground. 17 The elders of his household stood beside him to get him up from the ground, but he refused, and he would not eat any food with them. 18 On the seventh day the child died. 20 Then David got up from the ground. After he had washed, put on lotions and changed his clothes, he went into the house of the Lord and worshiped. Then he went to his own house, and at his request they served him food, and he ate… 22 He answered, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept. I thought, ‘Who knows? The Lord may be gracious to me and let the child live. 23 But now that he is dead, why should I go on fasting? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me.”
-2 Samuel 12
Thank God for the spotlight on the Cross
Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. 2 Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit. 3 When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. 4 For day and night your hand was heavy on me; [Like as Spotlight on David’s sin] my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. 5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.’ And you forgave the guilt of my sin.”
Let your spotlight be on Jesus.
Thank God that His spotlight is always one YOU!