People loved the darkness

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

When people are doing things they know they should not be doing they tend to do them in seclusion and in the dark. The last thing they want to do is have others see them. Sin is like that we do it we just don’t want others to know. Even when we manage to convince ourselves that what we are doing is not really all that bad, we still do it in secret. For the most part we get away with it and our friends and family are oblivious.

Then there is Jesus. He came into to the world and His light was so bright that sin could not hide from Him. He saw every sin and He called people on their sins. Now what is even worse than people knowing we have sinned is when they call us out about our sins. If they have to know we would just as soon have them be quiet. You keep quiet about my sin and I will keep silent about yours, works great, until the One with no sin appears.

Jesus turned a giant spotlight on the world’s sins and the world did not like it. Like roaches scurrying away when the kitchen light is turned on, the hurried off to plot how to kill Jesus. They had a good thing going interpreting God’s law in such a way that they could do just about anything they wanted and still feel good about their selves. Jesus called sin sin and let everyone know they were sinners.

I have seen churches go ballistic when the pastor called the congregation sinners. We love to hear about other’s sins and we are ok with talking about sin in the abstract, but don’t make it personal. Don’t bring it too close to home. We can talk about everyone being a sinner but deep down too many think that only applies to others. When that happens we are quick to point out the sin we see in others but are blind to our own sins.

Jesus brought light into the world that we no longer had to stumble in the dark. All we have to do is accept the light. People who would never walk across a room that have traveled hundreds of time without turning on the lights will go through life in the dark rather than accept the Light of the World.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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