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Our theme for this study is; The Light that Exposes, The Light that Redeems
Let’s begin with our passage.
“And this is the verdict: The Light has come into the world, but men loved the darkness rather than the Light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come into the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever practices the truth comes into the Light, so that it may be seen clearly that what he has done has been accomplished in God.”
In a world full of shadows, the introduction of light can be both revealing and confronting. These verses in John 3 elucidate this tension, as they depict Jesus as the ultimate Light that has entered our world. But this Light does two things: it exposes evil, and it redeems the willing.
We have a natural aversion to light when we find comfort in our deeds of darkness. Just as a criminal might flee from a flashlight, our sinful selves recoil from the illuminating truths of Christ. Jesus, as the Light, doesn't merely cast a physical glow; He shines into our hearts and exposes our sins for what they are—evil. But that's not the end of the story. He does so to draw us out of the darkness.
Consider Paul's words in Ephesians 5:13-14: "But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. This is why it is said: 'Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.'"
The New Testament frequently leans on this metaphor of light and darkness to define our transformation in Christ. In Colossians 1:13, Paul notes that God "has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves."
What then is our response?
Those who live by the truth not only welcome the Light but become part of it. The Light has this redemptive quality that doesn't just expose our sin to shame us, but to free us. When we live in the Light, our actions testify to the transformative power of Christ in our lives. Our lives then become a beacon, reflecting the very Light that saved us.
Notice the final lines of our passage today: that whatever is done in the light "has been done in the sight of God." This adds an eternal perspective to our temporal actions. When we live in the Light, we live in God's sight, under His approval, and for His glory.
Our Final Reflection
As you go about your day, consider how the Light of Christ has transformed your life. Are there areas that still recoil from His illuminating truth? And how might you reflect His Light to the world today? Remember, Light not only exposes but also redeems; and when we walk in the Light, we walk in the company of God Himself.
May this truth inspire and challenge you today and always. Amen.