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Sunday, 21 December 2014

Chanukah in John Pt.8 - The Sixth Light

Having claimed to be the Light of the World, Jesus now proves it by healing a man born blind. You should really read the whole chapter of John 9. It is full of drama, betrayal and tension as well as love, power, compassion and a witness as to whom Jesus is. You must also remember that the term, "The Jews" refers to the authorities. Everyone in this story is a Jew.

If you read it fairly quickly, it's a bit like a farce. There is a certain element of comedy in all the to-ing and fro-ing as people seek to avoid saying the obvious. I've met people like these, sadly.

It starts with the healing of the blind man. Jesus makes a clay from the dust of the earth. There are all sorts of theories about this, but you just need to ask yourself, "Where have I seen this before?". The answer is Genesis 2:7 . Jesus is conducting a small repair job on a man who is the casualty of a fallen world. A casualty that has been permitted, by God, so that the man would become a witness to the works of God manifest in him. Conclusion, Jesus has done this before! All those many years ago. 

Then there is the whole inquest that debates who Jesus is,finds the former blind man confuting the experts and being put out of the synagogue for his pains. Following Jesus is costly, even the man's parents are distant.

When the man meets Jesus as a healed man, he shows that his understanding is not just in the head. He has received spiritual sight as well.He believes Jesus is the Son of Man (Daniel 7:13 - 14).

The man, publicly, worships Jesus. The sixth light is about the Son of Man. Six is the number of man as we were made on the sixth day of creation.

Copyright G. I. Goodson 2013


More Chanukiah secrets

Lighting the last candle first and the first candle last reminds us that the last shall be first and the first shall be last.

When we lit these candles today, the orange one struggled to remain alight, but the heat from the other candles melted enough wax for the dying spark to burst back into flame. We need each other. 

Isaiah 42:3 

English Standard Version Anglicised (ESVUK)

a bruised reed he will not break,
    and a faintly burning wick he will not quench;

    he will faithfully bring forth justice.

May the LORD continue to bless you this Chanukah.

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Part Two
Part Three
Part Four
Part Five
Part Six
Part Seven

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