Running From the Light
For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed (John 3:20).
There are four things that don’t like the light. One is cockroaches. Two, rats. Three, teenagers making out in a dark room when a parent comes in and turns on the light. And four, cat burglars. None of those four like the light. Why? Because the light says, “You’re up to no good!” And so there’s a tendency for roaches, rats, smooching teenagers, and cat burglars to run for cover when the light comes on. They don’t want their deeds exposed.
Really, this is true for all of us. The closer we get to the light, the more our sins are exposed. The closer we are to Christ, the more aware we are of our sinfulness. The further we are from Christ, the more unaware we are of our sinfulness, so we tend to think that we are basically pretty good people. Because the Light exposes who we really are, we prefer to flee toward the darkness.
But there is good news in all of this. John 1:9 says, “There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.” And 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” In other words, in Jesus we are made clean—we don’t have to fear exposure. He enlightens us about God. He enlightens us on living.
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