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,