And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
JESUS is the Light of the World (John 8:12). The Light came to the world, and some received the Light. He is still the Light of the World, and some still receive Him.
But even His own people, the Jews, as a nation, refused Him. They wanted a great king who would overthrow the oppression of Rome, but Jesus was nothing but a Nazarene, a carpenter, of no account when it came to matters of importance like whether or not they should pay taxes to Rome.
In spite of clear prophecy; in spite of His miraculous works; in spite of His fulfillment of Old Testament scripture, His own people refused, as a nation, to receive Him.
They preferred to stay in darkness rather than to step into the Light. The Bible tells us that men love darkness rather than light because, in the darkness, their evil deeds are hidden.
We shouldn’t be surprised but such a concept. We know very well that when we want to do wrong, we prefer not to have a bright light shown on us. We prefer our sinful behavior to be hidden, because we want others to think we’re something we are not.
What we forget is that Jesus IS the Light. We cannot hide from Him.
Proverbs 20:27. “The spirit (conscience) of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly (the hidden things of the heart).
He sees. He knows us. The amazing thing is that still, He loves us and continues to offer salvation through the shed blood of Jesus, and His resurrection, if we will only believe and receive the Light.
Sometimes I grow so weary of the evil that is perpetrated in our country, and around the world, in the name of what is right. We have become so tangled in lies and accusations and counter-accusations that it’s hard to find the truth.
God knows. He understands why we want to do things under cover, in dark basements, secretly and away from the light. The day will come when all of us will answer to Him for our refusal of the Light, and the evil deeds we pursue under cover of darkness. There will be no way to avoid the Light when that day comes.
All of us need to stop and consider what we do in secret, thinking we’re hiding it from God.