This is the judgment,
that the Light has come into the world,
and men loved the darkness rather than the Light,
for their deeds were evil.
For everyone who does evil hates the Light,
and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.
But he who practices the truth comes to the Light,
so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.”
– John 3:19-21 NASB
In the second line above, you read “that the Light has come into the world.” You may recall that Jesus said, “I am the Light of the world” (John 8:12). He also said, “I am gentle and humble in heart” (Matthew 11:29). We are unaccustomed to hearing anyone talk like this. It would be unusual enough to hear a man make one of these statements; for the same person to make both of them makes for a most unusual human being. As C. S. Lewis put it, a person who talks this way must either be 1) a lunatic, 2) a demon, or 3) the Lord. The only reasonable view is, of course, the third one.
The Lord’s life on earth is “light” for a darkened world. Why then do people not coming running out of their darkness to this light? The passage above tells us the answer: “their deeds were evil.”
We learned from the apostle Peter yesterday that Jesus lived His life “leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps.” We see from today’s passage that more people don’t embrace and imitate Jesus’ example because they do not wish their evil deeds to be exposed. People do not come out of darkness to the light because they do not want to come out of selfishness to selflessness. They wish to retain autonomy over their lives instead of submitting to the Lord’s authority. However, autonomy just means being your own boss. Therefore, to choose autonomy is to choose a fool for your boss.
Note that the one who comes out of the darkness to the light must “practice” it; that is, it takes repeated effort. Daily effort. That’s what we’re about in this blog. How are you doing in your practice of the truth? (Don’t answer me; talk to your Lord about this.)
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord, how am I doing in my daily practice of the truth? Show me what I can let go of in life in order to grasp the things that You are offering…(this is where you remain quiet in order to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.