John 3 has some of the most memorable verses in all the Gospels.
“I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” John 3:3
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
Because the camera lens of our mind is usually zoomed in and focused on these verses, we often fail to see John 3:19-21. At least I’ve failed to really give it much consideration.
Reading this passage today in Eyewitness, my camera lens diverted from where it normally gravitates to and zoomed in on these verses.
“This is why God condemns people. Light has come into the world, but people love the darkness, not the light, because their deeds are evil. People who do evil hate the light and will not come near it for fear that the light will expose their sins. But those who love truth and desire to do right will come to the light so others can see they are doing what God wants.”
When John writes that Light has come into the world, he is speaking of Jesus, the Light of the World.
“In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it…. The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.” John 1:4,5,9
The primary reason people hate Jesus, the Light, is because He exposes the ugliness of their sin. When it comes to sin, we want to cover up, rationalize, justify. Our consciences won’t afford us that luxury though. The Spirit of God convicts us of our guilt before a holy God. Deep in our hearts, we know something is amiss. We still have a choice. We can run from the Light deeper into the darkness to hide in the caverns of our own deception, or we can run to the Light and discover the freedom of forgiveness.
John writes, “those who love truth and desire to do right.” Does that describe me? That’s not a condition of salvation as much as it is a description of the one saved. To love Jesus is to love the Light. To love the Light is to love truth and desire to do right.
Do I desire to “walk in the light,” as John writes in 1 John 1:7? To walk in the light is not just a matter of righteous living, of “walking as Jesus walked.” No, to walk in the light is not just walking AS Jesus but actually walking WITH Jesus. Walking in the light means drawing close to the Savior’s side, being in close relationship with Him, being a friend and intimate of Jesus.
I want to walk as Jesus. Oh, but more than that, I want to walk with Him!
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