Light dispels darkness
Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” – John 8:12
12 Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear.
13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.
14 Do everything without complaining and arguing,
15 so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.
Light and darkness are natural phenomena. They are mutually exclusive. Darkness is the absence of light. Darkness is simply darkness. It never varies. Light can be increased or decreased but the darkness only endures when light is absent. However, with a bit of light, a dark place is no longer dark. The greater the light the less the darkness. In a sense, darkness is defeated by light. But light is never defeated by darkness.
Many people can remember flying commercial passenger jets in the pitch darkness of a cloudless sky at 35,000 feet or so above the earth. Far from large cities, some distance below all is dark if not totally black. This is particularly true over large bodies of water. Now and then tiny specs of light dispel the darkness below.
Our world is filled with darkness, it is a dark place. But the Father has brought light into it through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
As the light, the Lord Jesus Christ dispels the darkness of ignorance and death. Further, He claims that whoever believes in Him will enjoy the light that comes from the Father’s presence and produces life (Constable). The more we spend time with Him, the more His light illuminates our lives and decreases as our personal darkness, our dark night of the soul.
REFLECT & PRAY
The Lord Jesus Christ has come into the world to overcome the darkness of the world.
Father stir up within me the joy and determination to walk in the light. Encourage me to Allow Your Light To Shine In The Darkness.
As children of the King, we represent the Father in our fallen and decadent world. We are lights in the darkness.
Philippians 2:15 Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.
Modern 21st-century societies are no longer friends with the Father nor His children. Antipathy and conflict exist between the children of the world and the children of the King. The enmity will only get worse. We are on a collision course with the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
18 If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first.
19 The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you.
20 Do you remember what I told you? ‘A slave is not greater than the master.’ Since they persecuted me, naturally they will persecute you. And if they had listened to me, they would listen to you.
21 They will do all this to you because of me, for they have rejected the one who sent me.
22 They would not be guilty if I had not come and spoken to them. But now they have no excuse for their sin.
23 Anyone who hates me also hates my Father.
Whether we like it or not, there is conflict between the children of the King and the children of the world. Why? Because we are different from the world. Our values and attitudes are incompatible.
The Beatitudes underscore this. They represent an outlook radically at odds with that of the world. The world praises pride, the Lord Jesus Christ embraces humility. The world endorses sin and indulges in it. It encourages others to follow suit. The more the merrier. The rise of the #Me too movement has done much to alleviate this, albeit somewhat selectively.
3 God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
4 God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5 God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth.
6 God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied.
7 God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
8 God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God.
9 God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.
10 God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
11 God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers.
12 Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.
The world is at war with the Father. Yet the Father is seeking to reconcile with His enemies. He invites them to become children of the King. We are to live in such a way that our light shines in the darkness. Light will dispel the darkness. The final outcome is already assured.
John 16:33 I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.
We must expect to be persecuted if we are living as the Father wants us to live. But we must be sure that our suffering is not due to our own foolishness or disobedience (Wiersbe). Darkness will not prevail and the light will never be extinguished.
2 Timothy 3:12 Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.
12 And I want you to know, my dear brothers and sisters, that everything that has happened to me here has helped to spread the Good News.
13 For everyone here, including the whole palace guard, knows that I am in chains because of Christ.
14 And because of my imprisonment, most of the believers here have gained confidence and boldly speak God’s message without fear.
Darkness is only dark until the light shines and dispels it.