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Light of the World

written by Asher Intrater
January 21, 2012

Yeshua is so wonderful and His message so pure, I have often wondered why some people do not receive the gospel. In reverse, how can God judge someone simply because he didn’t believe a message? That seems unjust. Here is Yeshua’s answer:

John 3:19 – The light has come into the word, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 

Yeshua is the light. The light is His love, righteousness, grace, and purity. His appearance to mankind and His message constitute a moral test. Those with a heart of grace will come toward it; those whose hearts are impure will fight against it.

The gospel is like the wisdom of Solomon (I Kings 3). When two women came before him claiming the same child, he brought a sword to cut the child in two. The one whose heart was pure, said to release the child; the one whose heart was impure said to cut the child. The potential death of the innocent child was a moral test of heart for the two women. The same is true for the two criminals on the cross next to Yeshua (Luke 23). One had a soft heart; the other a hard heart.

The suffering of an innocent party is the only way to test the hearts of man. If a new child comes into an elementary school class, the “bullies” will pick on him; some will laugh, but others will be moved to compassion. The response to the suffering innocent child reveals the hearts of everyone in the class. Yeshua, the righteous and innocent, suffering on the cross, reveals the intentions of the heart.

The “light” in John 3 can be compared to the “light” in John 8. Here a woman is caught in adultery. The religious hypocrites want to stone her. They obviously have evil intentions, because they did not bring the man caught in adultery with her (Leviticus 20:10), and because the woman was clearly repentant. Yeshua rebukes those who want to stone her, then turns to the woman and says:

John 8:11 – Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.

And to the crowd he says:

John 8:12 – I am the light of the world.

In this context, it is not just Yeshua Himself who is the light, but His qualities of forgiveness and righteousness. The perfect balance between grace and purity is the light of Yeshua. Someone not willing to forgive others will find it difficult to accept a gospel of forgiveness. Someone not willing to stop sinning will find it difficult to accept a savior who says, “Sin no more.” When church leaders become overly critical or overly lenient, they miss the heart of Yeshua’s message.

One of the reasons that many South Koreans accepted the gospel and the North Koreans did not, was because communism filled the North Koreans with hatred for America. When many Blacks in the US in the 1960’s began to hate Whites, they turned away from Christianity to Islam. When we Jews think we are spiritually superior to Gentiles, then we cannot receive Yeshua’s message. When young people cannot forgive their parents, they will reject a message of forgiveness from God. Those brainwashed by sexual immorality and rebellion cannot receive a message that says, “Sin no more.”

Asher serves as president of Tikkun Global family of ministries and congregations, dedicated to the dual restoration of Israel and the Church. He is founder of the Revive Israel five-fold ministry team, and oversees both Ahavat Yeshua and Tiferet Yeshua congregations in Israel.

He and his wife Betty share a passion for personal prayer and devotion, local evangelism and discipleship in Hebrew, and unity of the Body of believers worldwide.

Asher was raised in a conservative Jewish home and holds degrees from Harvard University, Baltimore Hebrew College and Messiah Biblical Institute. He has authored numerous books, tracts and articles.

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