People loved the darkness rather than the light

And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their deeds were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his deeds have been carried out in God."

The setting for the coming of the Messiah is one of great spiritual darkness. Everyone is stumbling around in the dark - even the religious leaders struggle spiritually. This passage reminds me of this verse from the prophet Isaiah:
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined.
Jesus is that great light that has come into the world and his light illuminated the dark ways of mankind. I find it interesting how, in the gospels, sinners repented and were made whole by this light while religious people preferred their darkness to the light of Christ.

It is a troubling thought for those of us who have followed God for a long time. Knowing how the darkness that Christ confronted most was that of religious people causes me to question and repent of the dark, arrogant and legalistic theologies that I once embraced.

Lord, I need your light. Please shine on all of my dark ways.

1 comment:

  1. This is a very humble and difficult attitude to take. After spending years in a system of belief, it is difficult to accept that it may be in error. The question of how much darkness has crept back into religion is a scary one.


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