Light and Dark

When I was younger, I would go around the house and turn on lights.  If I needed something, I turned on the light.  It didn’t matter if I had just come out of the room and knew that no “monsters” were there.  It didn’t matter if there was light shining into the room from another room or window.  That room still had shadows.  Shadows had a scary appearance.  So I turned on the light.

Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying,
“ I am the Light of the world;
he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness,
but will have the Light of life.”
John 8:12

I gained a greater understanding of darkness when we moved to Carriacou.  On a moonless night with few, if any, street lights the darkness is dark.  It can be so dense a darkness that it can almost be felt.  A single ray of a small flashlight can make a huge difference.  That was the picture that I have had in my mind of the Lord Jesus – a ray of light piercing the darkness to make my path visible.

That isn’t the kind of light that Jesus is.  He said that the person who follows Him “will not walk in the darkness.”  With Jesus there is NO darkness because He is holy.  He is so holy that there can be no sin related with Him.  He is such an intense light that there are no shadows.  Shadows and darkness are only associated with the devil.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood,
but against the rulers, against the powers,
against the world forces of this darkness,
against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Ephesians 6:12

It is almost impossible to imagine a light that doesn’t have any shadow associated with it.  It can’t be a blinding light like a stage light or head lights. because even that bright of a light has shadows.  It has to be a kind of light that can move in and fill every single area.  It has to be Someone who is so loving that He does not want any sin to destroy our lives.  It has to be Someone so holy that He is willing to reveal to us our sin so that we can be holy too.

It is rarely pleasant to have to face our sin and to admit that we have done wrong.  But what a blessing to have all of those dark places removed – those scary thoughts, those haunting guilts, those agonizing struggles to do right.  Jesus said that He is the Light of the world which includes each one of us.  He desires to fill each of us with His Light, Jesus.

To have the Light of the Lord in our lives is as simple as accepting the fact that Jesus’ death on the cross was for you and that you do not have to do anything else to receive His great gift of salvation.   It is a gift, and like all gifts it is free.  It is a Light that makes a difference as distinct as night and day.  It is a Light that brings peace since there are no more shadows.

My encouraging word is to ask you to accept the Lord Jesus so that He can be the Light in your life.  If you have already done that, then allow Him to be the Light to reveal the shadows of sin in your life.  Ask for forgiveness and rejoice in the Light that is more clear after forgiveness.

for you were formerly darkness,
but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light
(for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness
and righteousness and truth),
trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.
Ephesians 5:8-10

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