John 1:4-12-New International Version (NIV)
4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—
My Lighthouse. The law of the Lord is like the lighthouse, penetrating the darkness of foolishness and deception that too often broods over the human heart- including mine. Like a silent witness to the truth, the mighty beam pierces and illumines the darkness, revealing what’s hidden.
As I was meditating on this image, I thought of another. When I was a little boy, I used to love to look out the back door of my grandmother’s kitchen during a summer evening thunderstorm. This was deep in the mountains of West Virginia. Between lightning flashes, all was blackness. You couldn’t see beyond the boundary of the back porch.
But when the lightning came, you could see way down the hollow behind my grandparents’ farmhouse. You could see the smokehouse, the outdoor privy, fences, an open field bounded by majestic hardwoods, maybe a quarter-mile or more. Hundreds of details were revealed. Then, an instant later, all was black again. The spectacle fascinated me.
I think what intrigued me was the realization that there was often way more to reality than what my senses told me. The world was way bigger, more complex and fascinating than what I often perceived.
Jesus came as the light of the world-the true Light that enlightens every man, john testified. How we need the Light! Often it pierces, penetrates, exposes what we’d rather keep hidden-secret ambitions, appetites, fantasies, habits, attitudes. But the darkness functions too often like a prison, binding us to our own self-centeredness.
Jesus comes, inviting us to discover, not only who He is, but who WE truly are. His light exposes, not to shame or embarrass or diminish us, but to heal us and set us free. Don’t fear the light. Out there in the dark, where you’re not sure you want to look and you’re darn sure you don’t want others to look, is your destiny. Your freedom.
We can be known by Him, and more importantly, KNOW that we’re known by Him. Why is this important? Because with this knowing comes the growing awareness of His passionate, tender, faithful, accepting love that looks beyond the sin, shame and brokenness in us, the things we wanted to hide, and says, “It’s OK. Bring that junk to Me. We can fix this. I can heal. I can cleanse. I can restore. Don’t hold anything back. I love you- come here!”
What are you hiding? You can’t really hide it from Him, of course, but are you trying to hide it from yourself and others, pretending it’s not there?
It’s time. Get the junk out of your soul. Get the chains off your heart. Get free. Come into the Light.
1 John 1:5-9 New International Version (NIV)
Light and Darkness, Sin and Forgiveness
5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.