Jesus is the light we should live under. If we need to hide what we are doing, it’s generally unwise . Christ says those who follow him don’t do things in alleyways. They confront, at times they disobey the rules of their nation, for we have never been promised righteous rulers.
But the Pharisees showed that they were legalists. They turned to precedent, and tried to bind God within the man-made rulings of their law: not the law of Moses but the oral traditions. For Jesus is God. To know him is to know God.
12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” 13 So the Pharisees said to him, “You are bearing witness about yourself; your testimony is not true.” 14 Jesus answered, “Even if I do bear witness about myself, my testimony is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going. 15 You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one. 16 Yet even if I do judge, my judgement is true, for it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father[a] who sent me. 17 In your Law it is written that the testimony of two people is true. 18 I am the one who bears witness about myself, and the Father who sent me bears witness about me.” 19 They said to him therefore, “Where is your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.”
So, this New Year’s Eve, let is not be lawyerly, or look to precedents and comparisons. Let us look instead to Christ. The times are evil, yes. But that means that walking, even in part, even with imperfections, with Christ is a witness. To God belongs the glory, and he will save his chosen from this time if we remain faithful.
1. There are times when we have to be silent: for Operational Security in the kingdom of God, and to protect civilians. To allow for dignity to our wives and children.
2. Sometimes, as today, the songs will repeat.