Darkness and Light
We are very familiar with John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” We are less familiar with the verses that surround this account of Jesus meeting with Nicodemus in John 3.
John 3:17-21, “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come into the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”
The third verse of Hark! the Herald Angels Sing speaks of the message of John 3 as well:
Hail the heaven born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
ris’n with healing in his wings.
Mild he lays his glory by,
born that man no more may die,
born to raise the sons of earth,
born to give them second birth,
Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King.”
Jesus speaks to Nicodemus of light and of the second birth. A person must be born of water and the spirit. But we also know that there are those who reject that good news of great joy.
John 3:19 states, “And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.”
As Christmas fast approaches us for another year, may we pray that God may allow others to hate the darkness and love the light. May God draw people to Himself that others may find peace and great joy and light and life in the Son of God.
Glory to the newborn King!