Light is an interesting thing, because what is it really? I mean, it’s there but you can’t touch it, or taste it, or smell it… so it’s almost like it’s not there. And what is most interesting to me is how powerful light is in our lives. When we don’t have it we grope around in the dark looking for something to illuminate our paths. We try to control it by adding lamps in our houses, shades to our windows and sunglasses to block our eyes from it.
It’s powerful… and it has this unique ability to be either a great help or huge hinderance. For example, if you’re driving your at night having your lights on is a necessity to see where you are going, and your high beams are of an even greater help. But if you encounter another driver with their high beams on heading toward you it’s totally blinding.
If the light is for us than it’s a guide, but against us it’s blinding.
Now, if you read the Bible you probably have come across Scriptures that refer in various places to the Word of God, righteousness, and Jesus as the Light. The Light is used to describe the church, our actions, and how we bear witness to Jesus. And in all these places it is seen as something positive, something shows us the way to God… but that’s only for those who are walking with the light.
For those who aren’t the light, the gospel, the church… everything associated with God is something very different. Paul actually calls preaching the crucified Christ a stumbling block and foolishness… depending on who is listening.
Now, what makes light a guide to one person and a blinding agent to another ? Positioning. If you are in the right position lights are critical to seeing, but if you are in the wrong position they are absolutely detrimental.
The same holds true with Jesus Christ. Some people will always be blinded by the gospel, because they’re intent on facing against him instead of walking alongside him. They will always be blinded by it, and so run to the darkness because what it reveals is painful to see.
But God calls us to a different position… to walk in and with the light of Jesus Christ. That doesn’t mean at times it won’t be painful for us to see ourselves and our sins for what they really are, but it does mean that when we see them – we will know who we can run to help us.
So Jesus said to them, “The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” – John 12:35-36