And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God. John 3:19-21
I totally forgot about the recent solar eclipse until like 3:00 p.m. on August 21st. I was busy at work and it just didn’t come to mind. It was great that so many people got to see it and recorded it, so I did get to see video and pictures after the fact. Lord willing, I’ll be around for the next one in North America in the year 2024, wear those fun glasses and see it! One thing that was interesting after the eclipse was the radio interviews that I heard from people who had seen it. They talked about the awe and feeling very small in comparison to the magnificence of what they saw.
The eclipse made me think about the verse above in John Chapter 3, particularly in verse 19 about people loving the darkness rather than the light. I was 25 when God saved me from the darkness I had been in. I lived my teen and young adult years knee deep in profanity, immorality, excessive spending, and frequent intoxication of various kinds.
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. 1 John 2:15-17
Although both these passages state serious things about the sinfulness of mankind, there is also such hope! Who doesn’t need hope? If we come into the Light of Christ we will be saved through the work of God in our lives. We don’t have to stay in the dark!
Several years ago on a family vacation we visited Marvel Cave in Branson, Missouri. It’s a magnificent National Landmark with vast rooms and waterfalls. The lowest room is 505 feet underground. (50 stories down!) It took me several trips to the Silver Dollar City amusement park, where the cave is located, to be brave enough to go into the cave. It was amazing and I’m so very glad that I did! During the tour the guide turned off the lights for a minute. It was incredible how total the darkness is when you’re that far underground. When the lights were turned back on, it was so wonderful to have light again! God’s light through Jesus is just like that and is the ONLY thing that can take away the darkness of my sin. I am thankful to Him for taking it away!
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 9:9-13