Wednesday, March 3, 2021
On Monday I made a purchase that required careful inspection. Before leaving home, knowing that I would need to be able to see into dark corners, I put into my pocket a small flashlight with brand new batteries. When inspecting anything, flaws hidden in the darkness will be revealed when exposed to the light.
When Jesus came into the world He announced Himself as the Light of the world. However, not everyone wanted their lives to be exposed to the Light. Jesus explained this early on in His ministry when He said:
“And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”(John 3:19-21)
Now, almost three years later, Jesus again reveals that the heart of man prefers hiding sin in the dark rather than exposing it to the Light. While in the upper room with His disciples, Jesus exposes the evil intentions of Judas, who at once hides himself from the Light.
John 13:30 So, after receiving the morsel of bread, he (Judas) immediately went out. And it was night.
Judas preferred the darkness to the Light. He went out into the night, leaving the presence of the Light of the world. Judas preferred the immediate rewards of rebellion to the eternal rewards of repentance.
What about you? Are you insisting on keeping certain parts of your life in the dark, or are you allowing every part of your life to be exposed to the Light of Jesus Christ? Hiding in the dark produces shame unto death, as the suicide of Judas exemplifies. The earthly rewards that entice us to sin in the dark do not settle the account of sin that is owed, thus resulting in hopeless despair.
However, the exposure of sin to the Light of Jesus removes the stain and the shame of all sin, granting hope, joy, and peace.
When the Holy Spirit points to sin in your life, you can choose to leave the Light and go out into the darkness of night. Or you can stand in the Light and let Him cleanse you from all unrighteousness. The choice is yours.