I have a light fixture on the ceiling of my living room that doesn’t really give me much light. I really want to have it changed out for a brighter light fixture but that takes money and so I just put up with the dim light. In fact this light is so dim that sometimes I don’t feel that I have any lights on in the living room but I have noticed one thing. The darker the room the brighter the light seems to appear. Now I know that the light is streaming the same amount of light regardless of how dark the room looks but when the sun has gone down and the night is dark the light that looks so dim during a cloudy day seems so much brighter. It makes me think of how dark the dark really is because while the light doesn’t change the amount of light it emanates, the ancillary sunlight is eliminated and the evening becomes darker it is then that my living room light fixture really begins to show it’s brightness. In the book of John we are told about another light and darkness.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:1-5, (New International Version or NIV).
In the very beginning of time, of space, of eternity, there was the Word and the Word was with God and the two, Word and God, worked together to make the world we live in today. Wow! But there is more, Life came from the light and through the light is eternal life for all mankind because that Word and that Light is Jesus. God and Jesus have been together since the beginning and that is really hard for us in our limited thinking and limited time sequences to comprehend. But why is Jesus in the form of light necessary? Because evil is darkness and it has also been here long before humans walked the earth. Evil is done in secret, in the darkness of our souls and under the cover of darkness. The glory of Jesus outshines the darkness of Satan. I am so thankful for that fact! How do we handle the darkness, are we afraid of being in a dark place where no light shines, not even moonlight? Most if not all of us would say yes, I am afraid of that kind of darkness. Then you need Jesus and the light of truth that shines into such dark places will expose any evil and destroy it, only the shadow will remain and that is nothing to fear. There is another scripture that discusses dark and light.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God. John 3:16-21, (NIV).
Many of us have memorized the first part of this passage but do we really remember the rest of it? God loved humans so much that he sent Jesus to the cross for us, His only Son! And Jesus is the Light! But did most of the human race rejoice in this act of love and grace from God? No, most choose to live in darkness rather than the Light! My son and I just had a conversation about how to handle our anger that comes creeping in at times in our life. He was angry because a video game he loves to play wasn’t going his way and so he wanted to slam down things and pound on the table and stomp around in displaying his anger. I told him that everything in his life belongs to God and that there are to be no hidden corners that only belong to him and so if he is feeling angry about losing in his video game then he needed to go to his room and sit quietly and talk to God about his feelings of anger. That is part of the process of exposing the darkness within us with the Light of Jesus. He did this and a few minutes later he came out and felt much better and decided not to play his game for a while and get started on his homework. There is another scripture to look at concerning the darkness and the light.
This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us. 1 John 1:5-10, (NIV).
We Christians must stay in the light, walk in the light, and live in the light, and we do this by obeying Jesus Christ who is God’s Son. The Light of Jesus purifies our souls and if we say that we are a Christian then we must behave as a Christian and follower of Christ. We will confess our sins because make no mistake we will sin. Just like my son was angry we will sin but we also will confess our sins and God is faithful in forgiving our sins. Why? Because we have been covered by the purest of pure sacrifices and that is the blood of Jesus Christ, God’s only Son shed on the cross for us. I find it comforting that God hears our prayer and forgives us our sins, don’t you? Still one more scripture about light we need to read.
Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them.
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. Ephesians 5:1-13, (NIV).
We are to never forget that we once walked in darkness, in sins so dark that God could not look upon our faces but Praise God we are made clean by the grace of God through Jesus Christ. Yet it is a continual process to root out the darkness in our lives and walk in the light rather than the darkness. We are to not be a participant in sins of others any longer and we are to expose the dark deeds of others. This is not always easy for us to do because we may not even want to know what our family and friends do in their darkness. Yet if we are to obey the Lord, then we will shine so brightly that our very presence will bring others to see their need for repentance, confession, and Jesus! So shine on, dear Christian, shine on.