John 3:19-21 New International Version (NIV)
19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.
Thursday - March 18
In the story of Moses raising up the serpent in the wilderness what happened before God gave the serpent on the stick as a way to salvation? The people repented of their complaining and rebellion. They came back to God seeking mercy and forgiveness. They did not deserve mercy. They did not deserve forgiveness or healing. But they “came to the light.” They came to Moses in the hope that God would be merciful like He had been before. We are going to fall, fail, complain, and rebel. We are going to turn away from God, seek our own agenda and go our own way. Jesus is calling us back to the light of God’s mercy, grace, and forgiveness. God has promised to always forgive us and love us. We do not need to live in the darkness anymore. Faith is not being perfect. Faith is always coming back to the cross where God promised to give us forgiveness, salvation and new life.