Are you living in Darkness?
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. (John 1: 4,5)
Do you like the dark?
In the early years of our marriage when our children were small, my husband and I often vacationed in the north woods of Michigan near Mio. Our sister-in-law’s family owned a cabin there and
each summer we would combine our families and spend a week there. It was a lovely place. I can still hear the squeak of the springs on the screen doors, and the sound of them slamming as the kids ran in and out. I can hear and feel the gentle breezes blowing softly through the tree tops and the welcoming smell of pine needles.
There were no modern conveniences at the cabin in the woods, other than electricity – no running water and no indoor bathroom. The outhouse was located a ways from the cabin down a little trail through the woods. It was a pretty and peaceful little trail to walk down during the daytime, but at night it was dark and a little creepy.
When the lights were turned off in preparation for sleep, the cabin was enveloped in complete and total darkness. It was a physical darkness I had never experienced before my first visit there. There was not a point when the eye would adjust to the darkness and then be able to pick out the shadows of objects in the room.
The complete darkness I became aware of at the cabin in the woods was a little eerie to me. It made me feel insecure. When walking the path to the outhouse at night it was easy to imagine danger lurking in the dark woods and it was always a welcome relief to return to the safety of the cabin.
Hell is most often referred to as a place of darkness, weeping and gnashing (intense grinding) of teeth, pain, unquenchable fire, decay and stench. You may look up these descriptions of hell in Matthew 22:13, Matthew 25:41 and in Mark 9:48.
Heaven is described as a city where there are rooms reserved for all believers. The gates of the city will never need to be closed for safety and there will be no night. The presence of God and His Son (the Lamb) will be there to give light. Nothing impure, shameful or deceitful will be allowed to enter. Heaven will be a place of light, love, happiness and contentment, and will be filled with the glory of God. You may read these descriptions of heaven for yourself also in John 14:2 and in Revelation 21: 22-27.
Psalm 51: 5 tells us; surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. Every person on this earth is born sinful. We are born into darkness. This darkness is not the physical darkness like the darkness I experienced at the cabin in the woods. No, the darkness I am referring to here is a spiritual darkness. It is a darkness that the light of day cannot extinguish. It is a smothering and suffocating darkness where there is no hope for tomorrow. It is a darkness in which all people exist who don’t believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior from sin. It is the darkness of sin which leads to eternal punishment in hell.
But thanks be to Jesus for the light of life offered through His suffering, death and resurrection! God sent Him to earth to light the path for all people. In Him was life and that life was the light of men. Jesus promises in John 14:19; Because I live, you also will live. He came to light the path to heaven for us. He dispels the spiritual darkness we are born into and He promises eternal life to all who believe. In Him there is hope for eternity. For those who reject God, this life of heartache and pain is the best they will get and what will follow is indescribable horror – for eternity!
Do you live in darkness? The spiritual darkness which unbelievers experience in the here and now will end in physical darkness, despair, hopelessness and suffering for eternity.
I invite you to step out into the LIGHT – the glorious light of the SON. It is a spiritual light for the here and now and a physical light which we will view in heaven and which will last for eternity.
But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:57)
Gloria Dei! Amen.