The Light Shines.....
by admin | 1/19/17, 10:59 PM
"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it."
- John 1:5
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” - Jesus, John 8:12
As was mentioned at our most recent worship service, we have just entered the season of Epiphany. What we are celebrating in this time of the church year is the revelation of Jesus Christ to the world as Lord and Savior of all. So we take a close look at those moments where He reveals His glory: We look at His baptism, His miracles, His healing, His moments where His power is most evident. In short, it's like a light has shined suddenly exposing us to who He really is.
But this process of exposure to the Light isn't always pleasant. Yes, the Light is good, but in view of His glory we're also shown parts of our lives we wish weren't there. We see addictions we've been hiding, grudges we've been harboring, and the list could go on and on. At this point, our natural inclination is to either go into denial, (minimizing) or into fight mode (defending ourselves). When we deny we just try and act as if the problem isn't that a big a deal. We say things like, "Well nobody's perfect" and try to move on. Or if we fight we can immediately find numerous arguments that will justify our problems.
Both of these options end up placing us right back in darkness. Instead, when confronted with Light, the Bible commends us to simply acknowledge it. Yes, it's hard, but I assure you it is the path to freedom. 1 John 1:8-2:2 says,
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.
You see that first highlighted section? That's the right response to the Light's exposure of our sin: Confess it. Yes, even right now, on your own, you can simply admit to God what your struggle is. He won't turn away from you. How do I know? Because of that second highlighted portion. We (you and me) have an advocate (like a defense attorney) who stands ready to defend us at every turn. Jesus has taken the punishment for your sins willingly because He loves you and now He declares you are in His light.
This week, remember you are children of the Light, and the darkness has not overcome you. Enjoy basking in the freedom that comes with your title.
Grace and Peace,