Jesus is the Light that we are to walk in, but sometimes we, like Judas, sell Him out. We look for what we can 'get' today. Even though we hear His Word, it stops at the words. We have knowledge but we fail to weave the words into our hearts. We let what we see around us block out the deeper, harder Truth He gives. We hear His Words but value something more--or reject the pain of the 'piercing ray.' The religious leaders heard and believed--but wanted the praise of men more. Judas accepted a measly thirty silver coins. What are we accepting in place of Him?
Jesus was a 'man or sorrows'--a man who grieved and said his soul was troubled. Following Jesus whole-heartedly does not mean we will never have a troubled heart. This world is full of pain; He has overcome it with His love and willingness to suffer for us.
Jesus told the disciples walk in the light while you have it. And when you don't have it, LOVE. For years the disciples had walked with Jesus. People saw their physical walk and 'knew' they were disciples. Now Jesus said there is a new command you must hear and receive so people will KNOW. That new command is LOVE each other like Jesus loves...purely and perfectly.
True knowing is revealed in true loving. Love only comes because He loves us first. The disciple John often called himself, the 'one whom Jesus loved.' I truly believe he used that phrase because he was awed at the reality Jesus loved him. I don't believe he was elevating himself as a favorite. When we receive the awesome reality of being loved by the King of Kings, we know fully.
My thoughts reminded me of some wonderful verses from Corinthians: