“This is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil,” by Louis A. Dole

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“And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
“For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
“But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.” – John 3:19-21

Readings

Isaiah 1:1-20 · John 3:16-36 · Psalm 75

Sermon

These words are from the Lord’s admonition to Nicodemus. They were spoken under circumstances which should have brought the point home to Nicodemus. Frequently the Lord used His environment to enforce a lesson. The conditions on this occasion were such as to point up His remarks.

This lesson of knowing and not doing, a lesson on light and darkness, was given to one who had sought the Lord at night. Nicodemus was a ruler of the Jews. Occupying a high position, he was solicitous about what the people thought of him. He had heard of the miracles that the Lord had wrought, or possibly he had seen some of them, especially at the Passover. However it had been, he had become convinced that Jesus was sent from God; for he reasoned that if Jesus were not of God, He could not have performed such miracles.

Two forces are struggling in Nicodemus. One convinces him that the Lord’s claims are genuine and makes him desire to know more about Him. The other causes him to think of his official position, and of the hatred of the Jews for the Lord, which will be turned against him if he is known to be a disciple of Jesus. Which shall he do – serve the Lord and incur the ill will of his associates, or keep his office and deny the Lord?

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“Ye are the light of the world,” by Louis A. Dole

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“Ye are the light of the world.”
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:14, 16

Readings

Isaiah 58 · Matthew 5:13-24 · Psalm 104:1-23

Sermon

The Lord spoke these words to His apostles. It was not that they were a light of themselves but that they could so live that the Lord’s light could shine through them. Everyone who learns the truths of the Word and seeks to live according to them and to bring this truth to others is an apostle. The purpose of acquiring knowledge from the Word is that we may come to know the Lord ourselves and be able to lead others to Him.

One of the greatest perversions of the truth is to do what is right not for the sake of right but for the sake of being thought of as good by others. This leads to self-glorification. Our text teaches us that our good works are to be seen but that they should lead men to their source, not to ourselves.

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