Are You in the Light?
Living in Alaska we know all too well the importance of light. The sun is up and the days are long in the summer; but in the fall, the light dwindles fast until winter comes and there are only a few hours of daylight.
In those dark months, the importance of good lights cannot be over stated as it is the light from your flashlight or vehicle headlamps that will illuminate the road ahead of you and the dangers lurking at the side of the trail. Alaskans are well aware of light and darkness in this created world, yet the scriptures speak of light and darkness in the spiritual world. Darkness is defined as the sinful deeds of unrighteousness, the thoughts, words, and actions which are disobedient to the law of God which we do in open and in secret (Ephesians 5:11-12). Spiritual darkness much like physical darkness, renders us virtually blind; blind to our true condition, blind to the dangers ahead, and blind to the judgment that awaits the one who lives in sin (Proverbs 14:12).
The Apostle John writes, But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes (1John 2:11).
The Bible makes clear that the wages of sin is death, not only the separation of one’s inner spirit from their physical body, but a separation from God forever in a place of torment. Suddenly, the light burst into a darkness of this scene. God sent his only begotten son into this world to be born as a human and to live a sinless life. Though the son was God and in the beginning of time created the world, yet he became flesh and lived among us. Jesus came as the Light according to John 1:4, The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. Those who lived in the darkness of sin did not comprehend the brilliant light of God’s revelation in Jesus and did not believe that he was God, though His works and miracles demonstrated his deity. Jesus was in the world, and the world was made by him, yet the world did not know him. People surrounded by the darkness came into contact with the brilliant light and didn’t come to him in order to see. What was the problem? Like bugs hiding under a rock scurry to find another dark place when the rock is lifted, people living in sin’s darkness will turn away from the light of Jesus in favor of sin. John 3:19 says, And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their deeds were evil.
People by nature love sin, so when the light of the truth shines on our lives, we recoil not wanting the shame of our sins exposed. The light of God’s Word shows us that each of us lie, we steal, we desire things that we don’t have, we lust, we even commit murder when we have hateful thoughts against others. We don’t love God or worship him. The light shines on us and shows us that we are not righteous. Even our “good” deeds are like filthy rags in the sight of a holy God.
Yet God shows his love for us in this way, God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). Jesus knew just how sinful you and I really are yet he being sinless took our sin upon himself, he himself bore our sins upon the tree (1 Peter 2:24). He took the judgment that you and I deserve by dying on a cross. Jesus didn’t stay dead; three days later he rose from the grave, conquering the power of sin and death showing that his payment for sin was accepted by the father. He calls you to turn from the darkness of your sin and believe that he died in your place as the payment for your sin.
Will you come to the Light?