Jesus shouted to the crowds, “If you trust me, you are trusting not only me, but also God who sent me. For when you see me, you are seeing the one who sent me. I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark. I will not judge those who hear me but don’t obey me, for I have come to save the world and not to judge it. But all who reject me and my message will be judged on the day of judgment by the truth I have spoken. I don’t speak on my own authority. The Father who sent me has commanded me what to say and how to say it. And I know his commands lead to eternal life; so I say whatever the Father tells me to say.”John 12:44-50 (NLT)
Today I woke up in one of those moods I can’t explain. Maybe it was a dream, maybe it was a change in the weather, or maybe it was the appointments on my calendar. That’s one of the quirks of depression, there isn’t always an identifiable reason.
When I tried to think of what to blog about, my brain refused to cooperate with me. So I scanned through various books of the Bible hoping something would trigger. After all, I know who to trust when I come to the end of me. The scripture above is the one that caught my attention.
Jesus was not just a man. Here he comes right out and says, “For when you see me, you are seeing the one who sent me.” He repeats this claim in John 14:9, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father!” This revelation wasn’t easy to comprehend for those who first heard him or for us now. We have no comparisons capable of fully expressing God to our finite mind. Yet Jesus challenges us to put our trust in him and in so doing we are trusting God.
Jesus came to bring light into our darkness, not to judge our darkness, but so we don’t remain there. Putting our trust in Jesus births hope for a brighter tomorrow.
Do you feel the darkness of depression weighing you down today? Do you feel like there is a gray cloud storming around in your brain? Trust in Jesus to bring light back into your life. He has all the power and authority to make it happen.
Grace & Peace,