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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

1/27/11 John 3:19-21 Loving Darkness

19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

(Anglerfish or "Nemo" bottom dweller)

Thoughts: Why do people love darkness instead of light?  Why do people today reject Jesus?  The answer is here- "their deeds were evil."  We do not want our evil deeds exposed to the light.  We are more comfortable in darkness, and more comfortable with our evil deeds than giving them up.  Like someone whose eyes are used to being in darkness, the light hurts our eyes.  Like a heroin junkie who knows they want to be clean, but doesn't want to go through withdrawal.  We can develop all kinds of rational arguments against God if we don't want to give up our ways or our pride to walk in God's way.  The really scary thing is that we are so numb to our darkness in the West that we may hate repentance.  The more numb we are to sin, the harder it is to repent of it, thinking blindness or darkness is the norm.

Prayer: Give me a will, Lord, to love your light instead of my darkness.  Help me to walk in your paths.

John Calvin Abridged: Christ doesn't jus tpoint out our condemnation, but warns us through His rejection by others.  God does not treat them unjustly who 1) loved wickedenss; 2) prefer darkness to light; 3) refuse the light freely offered to them; and 4) the hatred of the light arises from a mind that is wicked and conscious of its guilt.  Many may appear holy and moral on the outside but their pride is their driving force on the inside.  Blinded by hypocrisy and pride, they delight in their crimes. 

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