Matthew Trexler . Turn Off the Dark . August 14, 2022
John 8:12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
“On this night the light is not to shine; but the true Light, which was ever in the world, is now in His own Temple, speaking the words of light and life to His own people.” Charles Ellicott
Jesus drives out darkness.
1.) Intellectual Darkness
Proverbs 1:33 but whoever listens to me will live in safety
and be at ease, without fear of harm.”
2.) Moral Darkness
Matthew 16:26 What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?
Proverbs 11:3 The integrity of the upright guides them,
but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.
3.) Spiritual Darkness
“Satan has access to the domain of darkness, but he can only occupy those areas where mankind, through sin, has allowed him.”
Micah 3:6 Therefore night will come over you, without visions,
and darkness, without divination.
The sun will set for the prophets,
and the day will go dark for them.
Jesus brings God’s Presence.
John 1:14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.
Jesus offers God’s Protection.
Psalms 91:15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose
God takes genuinely bad things and brings his power to bear in them so that you will be better off—that is, more Christ-like
Jesus gives God’s Guidance.
Psalm 78:52 But he brought his people out like a flock;
he led them like sheep through the wilderness.
Psalm 23:3 He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
Proverbs 16:9 In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.