Darkness can be oppressive. It’s debilitating. It’s frightening. But the light invades the darkness, bringing hope and freedom.
Still, there’s another miracle that has to happen as well. Because the darkness resists the light, does not comprehend the light. That’s because we’re not only in the darkness, we’re also blind.
This reminds me of something else from Mammoth Cave. There are fish that live in rivers in the depths of the cave, and those fish have no eyes. It’s a very interesting phenomenon. So if that tour guide were to put a spotlight onto that river, it wouldn’t make a difference for those fish. There’s light shining now, but there’s still blindness.
That’s our condition, too, as long as we’re dead in sin. We not only need light, we need life. We need new life, including eyesight, in order to see the light and to see everything else illumined by that light.
This is the exciting news that verses 12-13 communicate. There is widespread rejection of the light, as verses 10-11 tell us. But that’s not the entire story. That’s not the end of the story. There are also those who do receive Him, and these are the individuals who are born of God.