Darkness and Light

As my wife and I flew into Seattle, I leaned over her seat to look out the window.  I was trying to see anything that resembled a mountain, but all I could see was a blanket of winter gray fog.

“Mt. Rainier is right there,” my wife said, pointing to the dark clouds that camouflaged the tallest mountain in the Cascade Mountain Range.  The mountains that I wanted to see for the first time.

Rainier-2“Right where?” I asked, leaning over further, still straining to see.

“Right there!  Trust me, Mt. Rainier is right there,” she said again pointing.

I don’t know if she could really see the massive volcano or was just picturing the mountain in her mind because she had seen it so many times before, but I surely could not see it.  All I saw was a wall of dark clouds.

That is, until early the next morning.  As we walked outside to see a beautiful clear blue sky day, there was Mr. Rainier in all of its majesty.  What I could not see at all the night before, blinded by darkness, I could now see fully in the clear sunlight.

And that describes figuratively how most people in the world live their lives – blinded by darkness.  We cannot see the truth and majesty of Jesus Christ until God opens our eyes and hearts to the light of the gospel.  It is a sad reality.  We are born into darkness and spiritually blinded by sin, the Bible reveals, and we naturally love ourselves and this darkened world until the light of Christ gives us spiritual eyes to see the truth.

Jesus Christ is the “light of the world.”  He is the Savior who came into this world so that light would shine in darkness.  Jesus said, “I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).  Jesus Christ is exactly who He says He is, and His message and majesty is as pertinent and powerful today as it was two thousand years ago.

Here is the dilemma for most people then and now.  Jesus said of himself and gave this warning, “This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil” (John 3:19).

I hope you are not walking in darkness and that you know the light of the world, Jesus Christ.

May God bless you with His grace, love and truth!