Jesus, Adolf Hitler, John discussed on Lutheran Hour
Today's programs about light and darkness as Dr Michael Ziglar talks about doing the right thing while appearing to do the wrong thing. God is the light. And in him. There is no darkness at all. God is not the cause of the darkness. God is not the source of the darkness. The adversary has brought darkness into God's world. God is at work through the darkness. God is working like a double agent in the darkness to overthrow the darkness. Stay with us for doctors. Glues message. Hello. I'm mark. I sure thanks for joining us today. Your gifts in prayers help the Lutheran hour bring Christ to the nations and the nations to the church. Thank you for your faithful support. Now, here's our speaker. Dr Michael Ziglar to Lutheran pastors are sitting in an outdoor cafe in Germany. When an announcement comes over the radio. It's a newsflash France has surrendered the date is June seventeenth nineteen forty the darkness of war is descending upon the world. Germany's charismatic leader Adolf. Hitler had sent thousands of military vehicles rolling into France to continue the Nazi conquest of Europe. And the people around the cafe when they heard the news of their country's latest triumph ace stood and they cheered. And they sang some stood on tables and shares and they put out their arms in the signature salute to their leader, their fewer Heil Hitler and the younger pastor. Quiet and conscientious man sat shocked when he saw his older friend his mentor. His fellow pastor who until this very moment had publicly denounced Hitler. He was shocked when he saw him stand up and put out his arm and shout Heil Hitler. And then he whispered to his friends still seated at the table, put out your arm. Are you crazy? We will have to run many risks for many things, but this silly salute is not one of them. The pastor who urged his friend to shout Heil Hitler was Dietrich on. Hey for that scene comes from the book. Bon Hefer pastor martyr prophet spy a recent biography of the man by Eric Metaxas. And I was shocked when I read that scene in the book of all the people who would stand and shout Heil, Hitler, not Dietrich. Bon hey, for this is the man who had just five years later be put to death for his participation in a plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Why would Bon Hefer collude with the darkness like that? As Eric Metaxas. Puts it in his subtitle already Dietrich von, hey for was on his way to becoming a spy a double agent. He was working in the darkness to overcome the darkness shortly after Hitler had come to power, many officials in the German government were already working to conspire against him and overthrow the Nazi party. Dietrich bonday brother-in-law was one of them, and he got Dietrich a job working for the German military intelligence. And so this man this man who many consider as a hero many consider as shining example of Christian, courage and conviction in the face of in defiance of evil. This man was actually an agent of the Nazi government. At least it seemed on the surface in truth. He was working through the darkness to overcome the darkness officially Bon. Hey for was pretending to be a pastor. So that he could gather military intelligence for the Nazis, unofficially. He was a double agent. He was only pretending to be pretending. And in fact, he was serving. As a pastor and conspiring to overthrow the Nazi regime. So was he pretending or was he only pretending to be pretending. I run into a similar conundrum. When I listened to the last half of the twelfth chapter of the gospel of John. In this chapter. We hear Jesus preached publicly for the last time before he's crucified. It is the beginning of the final showdown. The alternate battle between good and evil. The clash between light and darkness. The hour has come Jesus has come to do battle the light versus the darkness. Now, if you doubt that there is such a battle. If you doubt that there really is a battle between good and evil. Consider the countless stories across cultures throughout the world that that intimidate that reflect this battle between light and darkness countless stories in our own culture. We have many examples we've got Dorothy versus the wicked witch. We've got Sherlock Holmes vs. Moriarty? We've got Shrek versus Lord Farquaad. That last one might be a stretch. But you get the point countless stories understand that there is a battle raging between good and evil between light and darkness. And this is the battle that John has been narrating from the beginning of his book. Jesus has come to do battle with the adversary. Adversary in Hebrew is suck Thanh Satan. The adversary and Jesus has come to confront him. Jesus has come to cast him out to dispel the darkness from God's creation. God's world that he made. And so loved listen to how John sets it up all the way back in chapter one. And then we'll skip to chapter twelve chapter one. Remember John said in the beginning was the word and the word. Word was with God. And the word was God. He was with God. And the beginning through him all things were made and nothing was made without him. In him was life, and this life was the light of humanity. The light is shining in the darkness, and the darkness has not been able to put it out. And then in John chapter twelve Jesus said to the crowd. For just a short time more. The light is with you. Walk while you have the light. So that the darkness does not overcome. You. Whoever walks in the darkness does not know where they are going. Trust in the light. While you have the light. So that you may become sons of the light. And after Jesus said these things he went away and hid himself from them. So many signs Jesus performed for them. So many signs Jesus performed before there is but still they continued not to trust in him. This was to fulfill the word of the prophet Isaiah who said Lord who has trusted what he has heard from us to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed, and so they were not able to trust. Because as I said, again, he has blinded there is and he has hardened their hearts so that they do not see with their eyes, and they do not understand with their hearts and turn. And I would heal them. Is area spoke of his glory of Jesus glory, and he wrote about him. And he spoke about him. At the same time. Many among the leaders trusted in him trusted in Jesus. But because of the fair sees so that they would not be expelled from the synagogue. They did not openly confess him because they loved the glory that comes from other people more than the glory of God. Then Jesus shouted and said. Whoever trust in me trust, not only me. But in the one who sent me whoever looks to me is looking at the one who sent me I have come as light into the world. So that whoever trusts in me will not remain in darkness. If anyone here's my message and does not keep it. I do not judge that person. Because I have come not to judge the world. But to save the world. To the one who rejects me, and does not receive my message that person has a judge very words that I have spoken. We'll judge them on the last day because I am not speaking on my own the father who sent me has given me a command what to say, and what to speak, and I know that his command is eternal life. And so whatever I say is just what the father has told me to say. This is the gospel of the Lord praised to you Christ. So the words that give me trouble in this passage har- the following. They were not able to believe because as is as said, he blinded there is and he hardened their hearts so on first glance. It sounds like the work of the adversary. Jesus has come to bring light Jesus his come to let people see, but the devil. He brings darkness he causes. Blindness. Putt. You look at the passage who's doing the blinding John's quoting Zeta chapter six and is h after six the Lord God calls out whom shall I send who will go for us. And I say says me me pick me, I send me here. My send me and God says, I will send you and he did send him and he sent him into failure. He sent him into darkness. I would not be able to persuade the people to turn back to God. In fact, the opposite would be the case God would use as words to blind the already unbelieving people. God would use as words to harden. The hard hearted people God would use air to do the work that he had done through Moses in the book of exodus read the book of exodus. Same case God sent Moses to speak to pharaoh king of Egypt. God would send Moses into failure. At least initially Moses was not able to persuade the king of Egypt. In fact, the opposite was the case Scott used Moses words to further harden, Feroz, hard heart. And so we have this pattern. I there's Moses then there's is area. And now, there's Jesus. God sends them into darkness. God sends them into failure. God uses them to cause blindness and hard heartedness. So who side is God on is the on the side of the light or the darkness? When I searched the scriptures for an answer. The the response. I see page after page is God is on God's side. And God is the light. And in him. There is no darkness at all. God is not the cause of the darkness got his not the source of the darkness. The adversary has brought darkness into God's world. And so when Ferro rejected the word of the Lord through his servant, Moses that was the work of the darkness. And when the people of Israel rejected the word of the Lord through his servant, Isaiah that was the darkness at work. And when the people of Jerusalem rejected God's word and crucified him. That was the darkness at work. But the light is still shining in the darkness, and the darkness has not been able to put it out. God is at work through the darkness. God is working like a double agent in the darkness to overthrow the darkness. Even in the darkest moment of all history. The crucifixion of God's beloved, son. Even there especially there. The light is shining for the whole world to see and the darkness has not been able to put it out..