- John 8:12 (ESV)
Lightness and darkness: two opposites which have two very opposite reactions on the part of most people. Lightness is associated with life, being able to see, beauty, hope and a positive future. Darkness represents death, fear, dread and misery. Just think about it, in the middle of the night if you notice a sudden strange pain in your body, or you awake from a bad dream, it can be down right frightening. Yet in the light, those things, while they might momentarily trouble you, pass in the light and clarity of the day.
So the question posed by this commentary is an important one, for as creations of the Almighty God, having the light of God shine upon us is very important. After all, He made us in His image and it therefore follows that gaining his favor, or receiving his light is very important to our life and well-being. The only problem is that so many of us don't really know where we need to go to receive that light although the answer is very near at hand.
The words of John cited above hold the answer in the quotation from Christ. To both find and receive the light of God requires us to find Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ, the Son of God who also spent thirty-three years on earth as both a mortal man and God, is the light of life. He was sent to earth to give us the opportunity to live forever through Him. And to accomplish that, all we have to do is believe in Him through faith. Once we make that commitment to believe, we have the pathway to the Father, a pathway that leads to eternal life. And by opening our heart, letting the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of God, into our hearts, that connection with Jesus is made.
So does the light of God shine upon you? Yes, if you have found Jesus. But, if you have not made the connection, it's not too late, for God loves you and the offer stands as long as you are alive on this earth. When your time is over, it's too late to earn the fruits of His love and grace. Don't delay, make the positive life-changing decision today and your future will be secured, a future of light, beauty and wonder, far beyond your wildest dreams.
Dear Lord: We thank you for your love and grace and for the ultimate gift that you have given for us. Help us to have the faith to believe in Jesus Christ as Our Savior and to commit our lives to Him and through Him to you. In Jesus' name, we pray, Amen.