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LIGHT OR DARKNESS?

Read­ing Time: 2 minutes

Introduction

In the First Sunday, we read about Jesus being led to the desert by the Holy Spir­it, in pre­par­a­tion for his mis­sion. Dur­ing this retreat, Jesus pre­pared and for­ti­fied him­self.  The Second Sunday con­cerns his encounter or meet­ing with Moses and Eli­jah. That is, the han­dover cere­mony. This happened as he approached Jer­u­s­alem. The meet­ing with Moses and Eli­jah implied tak­ing pos­ses­sion of the Laws and Proph­ets. Hav­ing done that, Jesus can now head towards Jer­u­s­alem. The Third Sunday is about Jesus’ action in the temple. Jesus is now in the city of Jer­u­s­alem, and the first thing he did was to vis­it the house of pray­er. Accord­ing to Mark, instead of find­ing people who prayed, he found only leaves (Mark 11:12–14). There are things we do espe­cially with­in the realm of wor­ship think­ing we are pleas­ing God, when in real­ity, we are only pur­su­ing our per­son­al and selfish interests. Jesus was dis­ap­poin­ted on enter­ing the Temple, the house of God and found people doing all sort of things except wor­ship­ing God, which.…

The metaphor of light and darkness

In the Gen­es­is account of cre­ation, we read that “in the begin­ning when God cre­ated the heav­ens and the earth, the earth was a form­less void and dark­ness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, let there be light; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God sep­ar­ated the light from the dark­ness. God called the light Day, and the dark­ness he called Night” (Gen 1:1–5). The Chinese yin-yang are sim­il­ar to light and dark­ness. The glob­al ‘yin-yang’ sym­bol holds its roots in Taoism/Daoism, a Chinese reli­gion and philo­sophy. While the yin, the dark swirl, is asso­ci­ated with shad­ows, fem­in­in­ity, and the trough of a wave; the yang, the light swirl, rep­res­ents bright­ness, pas­sion and growth. Accord­ing to this philo­sophy, everything con­tains Yin and Yang. They are two oppos­ite yet com­ple­ment­ary ener­gies. This means that although they are totally dif­fer­ent, and oppos­ite in their indi­vidu­al qual­it­ies and nature, yet, they are inter­de­pend­ent. In oth­er words, Yin and Yang can­not exist without the oth­er; they are nev­er sep­ar­ate. So also is night and dark­ness. Although they are dif­fer­ent and oppos­ite in their nature, yet, they are inter­de­pend­ent. They can­not exist without the oth­er. They are nev­er separate.

Conclusion

Etern­al life con­sists in liv­ing fel­low­ship with God, both in this life and here­after. Such life is achieved accord­ing to John, by identi­fy­ing and believ­ing in Jesus who has been lif­ted up in place of the ser­pent. By believ­ing and not believ­ing, John is not refer­ring to a tem­por­ary belief or doubt. Believ­ing in John is a.…

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