The message of Jesus from within the Gospels is twofold.
- To the “outsiders”, who had no real knowledge of God or of their own sinful state, He brought healing, deliverance, works of power, that brought them NEARER to God. This may be likened to a bright light illuminating that which is in darkness, incapable of recognizing its own sinful state. The light drew men towards it, and the nearer they came to the light, the more clearly were they able to see their own shortcomings, rebellion, and sinfulness. Hence the light served the two-fold purpose of drawing men to God, and at the same time causing repentance to grow within the sinful human heart. It will be seen therefore that Jesus did not judge people’s ignorance, but brought them light to dispel that ignorance. “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone.” Isaiah 9:2