“Darkness doesn’t have anything on light, on hope, on faith.
The darkness that sucks at the prodigal kid doesn’t have anything on the light of his mother’s prayers.
The black of pornography that threatens at the edges doesn’t master the blazing light of Jesus at the center.
The pit of depression that plunges deep doesn’t go deeper than the love of your Jesus and there is no place His light won’t go to find you, to save you, to hold you.
That low lying storm cloud that hangs over you can’t master the light of Christ that raises you.”
– Ann Voskamp
Light and darkness are prominent themes in the Gospel of John. From the very opening we learn that Jesus is the
“light of men (4)” and that “the light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it (5).”
Jesus picks back up on this theme in today’s verses. John 3:19-21
It is interesting that Jesus uses the metaphor of light and darkness as he talks to Nicodemus. Did Nicodemus come to talk to Jesus at night because he was afraid to be seen with the one the religious teachers (like himself) hated? Jesus has just revealed to Nicodemus many truths about who He is, why He came to Earth, and about the kingdom of God. He ends their conversation with these stark words, “But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”
If Nicodemus really wants to follow Jesus, he will need to come into the light. He will need to let go of the fear of the condemnation of others. He will need to let go of his own self-righteousness. He will need to be willing to expose his sinful heart to his Creator. He will need to let go of his prestige and become a humble follower.
Jesus calls us to this place.
Are you willing to come into the light?
Guilt and shame delight in keeping us in the darkness. God calls us to Himself, the Light of the world.
“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” – Brene Brown
As believers, we can stop hiding in the dark and live authentically, because we have the gospel.
Just as the smallest pin of light can illuminate the greatest expanse of darkness, the Light of the World, can shine into the darkest storms of our life.
Will you walk in the light?