19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.
21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”
It is a bit ironic that Nicodemus came to Jesus by night and Jesus closes the conversation with a teaching on light and darkness. Nicodemus came to the Light of the world. He was not aware of who Jesus was in His fullness so Jesus taught him a lesson he would never forget. Nicodemus came to the Light but he came in the darkness obscuring his deeds before the other Pharisees. Jesus tells him that when he is willing to come to Christ as his Light, Nicodemus will no longer be ashamed of the Savior. This came true in Nicodemus’ life at the death of Christ when Joseph of Aramthea and Nicodemus took Jesus off of the cross and beg to have His body given to them for a proper burial. Finally, Nicodemus did not care what the others thought; he was going to do right by Jesus. (John 19:38-42)
Why do men love darkness? Why is so much of sin done in the night? Why are places of sin dimly lit? Men don’t want their evil deeds broadcasted but they want them hidden. Therefore, men love darkness as the best place of their operation.
But, when we do works for God we want the lights on, we want the deed exposed, we want God glorified through our works. No longer are we lovers of darkness but we are now lovers of light. Our Lord is the Light of the world and we are in Him and He is in us. His glow surrounds all that we desire and do. There is no glory in the hidden things of darkness, the things of which we were ashamed. There is great glory in living in Christ’s light and letting our deeds for Him be known.
Love the Light!
I am off to Sunrise Assisted Living in a few minutes for a service there. Please pray for that service. Last week I was wondering if I should continue this service until some of the people in the service let me know just how much they appreciated my coming and bringing God’s word to them. It was God’s confirmation to me.
This afternoon is my library study time and I am looking forward to more time in Isaiah 53. Read this everyday this week with me. Prepare your heart and mind to learn all that God can teach you from it. Friday night and Sunday morning will be special to all of us who prepare our hearts and minds from this great text.
Have a great day in the Lord,