January 10, 2020 – Friday
John 1:4-5 NIV
4 In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.
5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
Jesus is the light of life and He was (is) the light of all mankind. It is His Godly light that shines in the darkness. Further darkness cannot overcome the light nor understand or comprehend it. The key to understanding this is that darkness is not the opposite of light, but the absence of light. In other words darkness is the absence of light. That is a simple physical fact much like death is not the opposite of life, but the absence of life.
Imagine you are in a room with no windows, doors tightly shut, and any light sources therein have been turned off. You will experience physical darkness, the total absence of light. Now light one small match and you will find the darkness of the room defeated by the light given off by that one small match. Until the match burns out any darkness in the room may be defeated by moving the light about. In World War II bombers on night time raids would look for the smallest light to find their targets. One match is lit and they could see it from 31,000 feet as it dispelled the darkness. It was the same if you were outside smoking and drew air through the cigarette, the front would blaze hot and it too could be seen from 31,000 feet.
Knowing this we can say spiritual darkness only has power in darkness. The light that is Jesus dispels spiritual darkness and renders it powerless. People who shut light out of their souls can still act upon the darkness within them, but it has no spiritual power over someone who abides in Christ and in whom Christ abides. One who has the light may be tortured or even beheaded, but the light within defeats the darkness by its mere presence and that person ends up in his or her heavenly home.
Stating this a little differently, darkness can only reign in darkness. That is why darkness hates even the smallest light because even the smallest light dispels the darkness or illuminates what was going on in the darkness. From a spiritual perspective, to love sin is to love darkness. To love God/Jesus/Holy Spirit is to love the light (spiritual light) in our lives. Spiritual light is hated is because Jesus has directed us not to put it under a bowl. If it is not under a bowl, it illuminates what those who love sin would want to keep in the darkness. In our culture today, those in love with sin are desperate to keep light away from them desiring only to increase the reach of their darkness by covering any light coming their way.
Thus there is a reason there is outright hostility towards those who believe the Bible and take it seriously. They believe Jesus when He says I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. (John 8:12). Jesus clearly offers the choice of living in darkness or in light. This was especially true when He said, The one who looks at Me is seeing the One who sent Me. I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in Me should stay in darkness. (John12:45-46)
You may ask, “Is it possible people don’t understand they are choosing darkness over light?” A fair question and one Paul answered: For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. (Romans 1:20-21)
Choose light and not darkness.