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Light or Darkness?

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Dean Butler

John 12:46 says, "I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness." This verse reveals the profound purpose of Jesus' coming into the world—to bring light and dispel darkness. Yet, it raises a perplexing question: Why would anyone choose to stay in darkness when there is a bright, life-giving alternative?

First, let's understand what "darkness" and "light" represent in this context. Darkness symbolizes ignorance, sin, and separation from God, whereas light symbolizes knowledge, purity, and a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Living in darkness means living without the guidance, hope, and salvation that come from believing in Jesus. Conversely, living in the light means embracing truth, experiencing God's love, and walking in His ways.

Despite the clear advantages of living in the light, some people choose to stay in darkness for several reasons. Fear of change can be intimidating. Some people might find the idea of altering their lifestyle, beliefs, or habits overwhelming. The comfort of the familiar, even if it's not fulfilling, can be a powerful deterrent to embracing the unknown.

Darkness can deceive people into believing it is preferable. The enemy often blinds people to the truth, making the darkness seem more appealing or less harmful than it truly is. 2 Corinthians 4:4 says, "The god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God."

Some may prefer to stay in darkness because they enjoy sinful behaviors or lifestyles that they would need to give up to walk in the light. John 3:19 says, "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."

Many people remain in darkness simply because they do not know the truth. They may not have been exposed to the gospel or misunderstand what it means to follow Christ. Hosea 4:6 states, "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge."

Some individuals prefer to rely on their own understanding and abilities rather than submitting to God. They may see dependence on Christ as a weakness or unnecessary. Proverbs 3:5 reminds us, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding."

However, the good news is that Jesus offers a way out of the darkness. He invites everyone to come into the light, receive forgiveness, and experience the abundant life He provides. To step into the light, one must believe in Jesus, acknowledge their need for Him, and commit to following His ways.

For those who are already walking in the light, it is our mission to share this hope with others. Matthew 5:14-16 says, "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven."

Staying in darkness may seem easier or more comfortable for some, but the light of Christ offers a far superior alternative—one of truth, freedom, and eternal life. As believers, let's shine our light brightly, helping others to see the way out of darkness and into the glorious light of Jesus Christ.

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