John 3:17-21 For Almighty Yahveh did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of Almighty Yahveh. 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in Almighty Yahveh.”
Yahshua came not into the world to condemn the world but He came that the world through Him might be saved. The light came and men chose darkness rather than light. He came to bring light that sin might appear exceedingly sinful. The light is the Torah and Yahshua was the Torah made flesh. The light came into the world and the world knew Him not. He taught us the meaning and the precepts of the Torah; (1) Love Almighty Yahveh with all your heart and (2) love your neighbor as yourself, on these two commands hinge all of the others.
If you love Almighty Yahveh with all your heart you will want to please Him. We know that we cannot please Him unless we obey Him and we cannot obey Him if we will not obey His commands. We cannot love our neighbor as ourselves if we retaliate against them for every wrong committed against us or if we intentionally wrong them because they do not please us. Man from the beginning of time has been misled by his emotions and the carnal desires of the flesh. Emotionally we are frustrated when we have failure after failure to attain the things desired by the lusts of the flesh. From the time of our natural birth in this world we are motivated by what our body desires and are controlled by physical needs. When we were hungry as a baby we set up a howl until we were fed. We screamed until we got what we wanted. Then came the natural result of being fed and we screamed until we got a diaper change. Can you see that by nature we are focused on the things of this world and the desires of this world; the things that are attractive to the eye and to be desired by our flesh.
When we receive a pleasing gift from a friend or a loved one there is an emotional reaction. Our lives are ruled by our emotions, excitement, disappointment, frustration, anger or pleasure all these are emotional reactions. Yahshua gave His life on the stake that we might have forgiveness of our sins. He went to the tomb on the evening of the Fourth Day (Wednesday) and arose the evening of the Seventh Day (Sat). When Yahshua arose He no longer had to fight the same battles in the physical that He had before His death on the stake. He had resurrected in power and victory over the grave. You can be assured in the flesh He did not want to go through the torment and torture of the tribunal and the stake. His physical and emotional reactions were “if it be possible spare me this cup.” That was the natural reaction. Blessed be the name of Almighty Yahveh His prayer did not end there, He was ruled by the Ruach (Spirit) not the flesh or emotions. He went on to pray “Not My will but Thou will be done” Yahshua’s commitment and devotion overruled His emotional and physical desires. Aren’t you glad they did? Yahshua could not get the victory apart from dying to His desires. Without death there is no resurrection. Yahshua died in the flesh, He willingly went to the stake. He trusted Almighty Yahveh to resurrect Him from the dead, not allowing His soul to see corruption. Yahshua was not focused on the things of this world but the eternal prize that was set before Him. Hebrews 12:2 “looking unto Yahshua, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the stake, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of Almighty Yahveh.”
Let us comply with the instruction given by the writer of the book of Hebrews and turn our focus to the joy that has been set before us. Let us not focus on the things of this of this world that will pass away with a fervent heat. Yahshua told us except you take up your stake and follow Me, you cannot be my disciple Luke 14:27 “And whoever does not bear his stake and come after Me cannot be My disciple.”
Indicating that there must be a dying to the desires of the flesh or we can’t be one of his followers. Reaffirming there must be a dying to our physical lust before the resurrection is possible Rom 6:4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Mashiach was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. When we came to Yahshua we agreed to die to our own desires and live unto Almighty Yahveh through Yahshua Ha Mashiach. Have you ever seen a dead person get angry or offended because of someone’s behavior or attitude? No, you have not. The reason you have not is they are dead. They no longer respond to things emotionally they have no fleshly desires. Now, if we are buried with Him in baptism we should be dead to our own personal desires in the flesh. No sane person buries someone alive and certainly, no one desires to be buried alive. Death comes before burial. I believe too many people have been buried alive that have not died to their own desires. Yahshua told His followers that you are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. What we need to understand is if we have the light of the world in us, we become the light of the world and you cannot be hid. The world walks in darkness and you walk in the light (commandments) and you cannot be hid for you stand out. Because of the Word, you are different from most people (a city set on a hill). Matt 5:14-16 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Now if you do not keep Almighty Yahveh’s commandments you are yet walking in darkness. If we practice sin, we hate the light and we do not come to the light because our deeds are evil. If our deeds are evil and we come to the light (commandments) our deeds are exposed that they are evil. If you do not live by the Torah keeping the commandments then you are yet in sin. Lawlessness is sin, Yahshua never taught anyone to ignore the commandments.
Matt 6:22-23 “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” If the eye is the lamp of the body and it is. Then like a camera it takes a picture of where it is aimed and transfers an image to your spirit. If you focus on the things of the world then you are focused on darkness and if the eye be dark how great is the darkness. If your eye is focused on the commandments through Yahshua Ha Mashiach then your eye is light and therefore your whole body is light.
1 John 2:3-6 Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. 4 He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of Yahveh is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. 6 He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked. This Scripture sums up the whole matter, if you do not keep His commandments and say you love Him you do not the truth and besides that, it says you are a liar. We the believers, are the light of the world and if our light is darkness what hope does the world have?
The traditional Church has taught a lot of traditions and ignored the commandments of Yahveh making them of no effect. They have chose darkness rather than light by picking and choosing which commandments they keep and which ones they throw away. Choosing darkness rather than light. If we are His, we ought to walk even as He walked. Be a light in the world you live in. That is what He called you to be.