Selwyn starts today’s study by reflecting further on yesterday’s topic: the impact of the crucifixion and its importance in re-establishing God’s rule in the universe.
And, he goes on to say; God could have overpowered our stubborn resistance by force. He could have demonstrated His power by immense cosmic destruction – such, that we follow His will, because of overwhelming fear. Yet – He does something so different – it’s difficult to believe – He saves us – by demonstrating His love.
Selwyn, later states: “God’s love pierces the darkness of the twenty-first century with a beam of light that indicates: ‘This is the way into the kingdom.’ It draws us – not drives us.”
John 12:31-36a (NIV): “Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die.
The crowd spoke up, “We have heard from the Law that the Messiah will remain forever, so how can you say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up’? Who is this ‘Son of Man’?”
Then Jesus told them, “You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going. Believe in the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of light.”
So true: ‘Believe in Jesus – so that you may become children of light and have eternal life.’