“This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.” (Jesus – John 3:19)
In Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus, Our Savior talks about many important issues – being “born again,” seeing and experiencing the kingdom of God, judgment of our sins, and what is required for us to believe in Him. But at the very heart of the matter is the all-important matter of the heart.
The key concern for each of us is whether we will embrace the Light or remain in our darkness. These are the issues that resound from the core of our being – and become what determines if we will turn from all our vain attempts at being “good” people – and turn to the One Who came to secure our righteousness with His selfless sacrifice.
In my companion piece (at theHeartSeekerBlog.wordpress.com), I made the observation that it is human nature to prefer darkness to Light. We so often tend to value human opinion over God’s viewpoint – and value our own reasonings to the One Whose reason is absolute truth.
Jesus came to tell us that our deep desire to hang on to darkness and refuse to embrace the Light is the verdict that condemns us to an eternity of separation from God. We, as human beings, are too proud to let go of what we want to think, say, and do… to lay hold of what God thinks, says, and does.
In a very real sense, God sends no one to hell – those who will go there… choose to go there themselves… simply because they prefer darkness to light.
When Jesus speaks of Light, He speaks first-Hand. He is God, telling us what is absolutely true. Often, we do not like what He has to say – but the only path to find what Jesus has come to offer us, is by accepting Him at His Word.
He came to be the Light of the World. This means that He came to show us (and tell us) one very essential thing… God’s viewpoint.
When Jesus speaks, He is telling us God’s thoughts and God’s truth. When Jesus acts, He is showing us God’s ways and God’s Heart.
Jesus IS the full and complete expression of the Living God – so we can see God and know Him as He really is (see John 1:1-4).
And what do we see? We see a deep and profound love for all human beings – even for people that may not have their act together… or people who oppose and mock Him. We see Someone Who has time for “the least” and the “rejected.” Someone Who accepts people whom society can only see as morally (or religiously) unacceptable.
And Someone Who would willingly be tortured to death for EVERY person on earth… past, present, and future.
It is also WHY Jesus is the only way to God. He is not only the Light… He is the Source of all Light.
Irregardless of what any human might think or say…