Gospel: John 12:44-50
Yet Jesus had said, and even cried out, “Whoever believes in me, believes not in me, but in him who sent me. And whoever sees me, sees him who sent me. I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.
If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I am not the one to condemn him; for I have come, not to condemn the world, but to save the world. The one who rejects me, and does not receive my words, already has a judge: the very words I have spoken will condemn him on the last day.
For I have not spoken on my own authority; the Father, who sent me, has instructed me what to say and how to speak. I know that his commandment is eternal life, and that is why the message I give, I give as the Father instructed me.”
“Whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness. ”
Jesus Christ is the revelation of the Father. Jesus tells his disciples that if they receive him, they receive the Father. If they believe in his words, it is the Father’s words that they believe. Jesus always ties himself to the Father. His authority comes from the Father.
Jesus further says he comes as light. He who believes in him does not remain in darkness. He comes to dispel the darkness enveloping the world as to who God is to them and what salvation is all about. Jesus reveals God to them who believe. Jesus is the one who can give light to the searching soul.
Those who refuse to believe face judgment. It is a consequence of not believing in Jesus and God. The act of not believing is an out- right rejection of the mercy and compassion of God as presented by Jesus. It is their fault, not God, if they will not be among the lucky ones who go to heaven. For first of all, they have rejected themselves as God’s children. They have not shown their interest in Jesus. They have not taken advantage of his presence and efforts. They do not give time for him.
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