Ben Reaoch | Category: Theology for Life
I remember as a kid visiting Mammoth Cave in Kentucky. It was nice walking into the cave in the heat of the summer because the cave is always a cool 54 degrees. One of the things I remember vividly is when the guide turned out all the lights. It was as dark as dark can be. You couldn’t see your hand if you put it right in front of your face. But then I remember the guide lighting one small match, and what a difference that made. There were dozens of us standing in a wide cavern, and just that little match seemed to light up the whole place.
Darkness can be oppressive. It’s debilitating. It’s frightening. But the light invades the darkness, bringing hope and freedom.
This is what Jesus does. He comes into the darkness of the world and shines His light. And it is far brighter than a small match. It’s brighter than 10,000 torches.
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.
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