you ever noticed that it’s easier to sleep when you’re in the dark? That’s true
in both the physical and the spiritual realms. Even if you’re in a lighted
room, if you put on a blindfold so that the light doesn’t make it to your
eyelids, you’re more likely to sleep.
John 3: 19-21, Jesus says: “Light
has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their
deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into
the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 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.” (NIV)
easy to keep blinders on if we don’t want to face our evil deeds. But even though
we might be wearing a spiritual blindfold and hoping our deeds won’t be
exposed, there’s really no place to be except in the light. That’s because
Jesus, the Light of the world, has already shined in the darkness and all our
deeds are already exposed.
interesting thing about light is, it does its work with or without us.
can reject it, but it’s still there. We can pretend we’re in the darkness; we
can live like we’re in the darkness; we can even believe we’re in the darkness,
but wherever there is light, the darkness cannot withstand it. Light always
wins over darkness.
speaking, it’s the same. We can walk in the darkness, but only in our own
minds, because as John 1:5 says, the Light already shines in the darkness, and
that Light is Jesus Christ.
Moses and Elijah appeared on the Mount of Transfiguration with Jesus, and Jesus
blazed with an intense, otherworldly light; Peter, James and John were terrified.
Still, as the story in Matthew 17:1-3, says, Peter spoke up and suggested that
he and his friends make three tents for Jesus, Moses, and Elijah. But Moses and
Elijah weren’t there to stay. They represented the Law and the Prophets. But
Jesus brought grace and truth.
was the Light that shines in the darkness, the Light exposes all things; it
cleanses and purifies all things.
you want to wake someone up, either from spiritual or physical sleep, flood the
room with light. It might take a while to rouse the sleeper, but eventually
light will win over darkness.
the bottom line: We can’t make or generate light ourselves. Jesus is the light,
and he gives it freely to us. All we can do is open our eyes and walk in it.
It’s everywhere. That’s how grace works.
Joseph Tkach, speaking of LIFE.