John 8:12

Imagine yourself having to drive on an extremely dangerous, mountain road during a storm in the middle of the night when suddenly your car’s headlights go out. You panic because you have to get to your destination as quickly as possible because a loved one needs your immediate help. What risks would you take to get there to help him/her?

Now try to imagine the plight of those who are in spiritual darkness on their way to eternal suffering in the lake of fire. They could die physically at any moment (James 4:14). Would you be as determined to help them if they weren’t related to you? The Scriptures tell us that Jesus Christ went to the cross to die for His enemies (Romans 5:10). The Apostle Paul endured all things for people he didn’t know, some of whom would believe on Christ and be saved (2 Timothy 2:10; 2 Corinthians 11:23-33).

Light. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life” (John 8:12). He also said, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). In His prayer to His Father, Jesus said, “Your word (i.e. the Scripture) is truth” (John 17:17). Before considering “The Light,” let’s think about the awful darkness in which lost humanity is and the sinister one, the devil, who wants to keep people enslaved to himself in the dark.

Moral Darkness. The Scriptures don’t paint a pretty picture of us. It tells us that “…we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6). “[Our] heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; Who can know it” (Jeremiah 17:9)? “There is none righteous, no, not one; There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God” (Romans 3:10). “…all have sinned [acted lawlessly] and come short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23). “And this is the condemnation, that light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil” (John 3:19). Having a sin nature (disposition), we twist what is beautiful into that which is ugly and evil (Galatians 5:19-21; John 8:3).

Spiritual Darkness. To make things worse, Satan put spiritual blinds on our minds when we came into this world lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on us (2 Corinthians 4:4; See 1 Corinthians 2:14; Romans 11:25). But thank God this darkness can be overcome by God the Holy Spirit who is greater and more powerful than the devil (1 John 4:4). Would you like to get out of darkness and enter the light and enjoy true freedom in Christ (John 8:36)?

Political Darkness. It shouldn’t shock us when most of the political leaders and tyrants of this world engage in corrupt practices. But keep this in mind – “…the Most High [God] rules in [over] the kingdom of men, and sets over it the lowest of men” (Daniel 4:17). In the Old Testament times God let the wicked King Nebuchadnezzar know who was really the sovereign God of the universe. To him God said, “They shall drive you from men, your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make you eat grass like oxen…till you know that the Most High [God] rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses” (Daniel 4:25). God “removes kings and raises up kings” (Daniel 2:20). These powerful rulers over other people should be wise and instructed by [serving] the LORD with fear, and [rejoicing] with trembling…lest they perish in the way (Psalm 2:10-12). Jesus is the righteous Judge and everyone will give an account to Him someday (John 5:22; 2 Timothy 4:8; 1 Corinthians 3:12-15; Hebrews 9:27). Are you are suffering unjustly for being a godly person (2 Timothy 3:12; 1 Peter 2:19, 20; 4:12-19)? Know this – In due time God will take vengeance on the wicked (Romans 12:19; 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10).

Intellectual Darkness. There are those who profess to be wise but who are fools in God’s sight (Romans 1:22). Some of them say “There is no God (Psalm 14:1). By the world’s standards some atheists may be considered as wise, mighty, and noble. But God will use the foolish, weak, base, and despised people of this world to bring them down to nothing (1 Corinthians 1:26-30). Why? So no flesh (human beings) will glory (brag) in His presence. While you may think that you are better than others, there is always someone wiser, more powerful, and more noble than you are. It’s foolish to compare yourself with others (2 Corinthians 10:12). After all, what do you have that you didn’t receive from God (1 Corinthians 4:7; See John 15:5)? Those who ignore the revelation of God through nature (Psalm 19:1) and who fail to acknowledge His existence and power are often destined to their own depravity and ultimate doom (Romans 1:18-31). Are you headed in that direction? Would you like to see “The Light” (John 8:12) and change your eternal destiny? If so, we’re here to help you.

Cultural Darkness. How sad it is when people call evil good, and good evil, who put darkness for light, and light for darkness (Isaiah 5:20; See John 3:19). In all likelihood this was the way it was just before the universal flood came on the earth in Noah’s day (Genesis 6:5). By the way, the topography of the earth was different than it is today (Genesis 10:25). During the days of the Judges in Israel the people were doing what was right in their own eyes (Judges 21:25). “The art and music of an increasingly ungodly world are estranged from the beauty, symmetry and harmony of godliness. The discordant music and abstract art manifest the vanity, emptiness and purposelessness of life without God. How our world needs the Light of the Word [the Lord Jesus Christ]! – Dr. Paul N. Tassell

Depraved Darkness. By using comedy to try to make it more palatable to us, moral degeneracy is on the rise. “Pornography, profanity and perversion fill the magazines, movies and television programs of our day. The degeneracy, degradation and drunkenness of millions defy description…Society scoffs at Biblical morality while the corruption of the immoral eats away at the very soul of our character, bringing venereal diseases and AIDS to prey upon our physical beings.” – Dr. Paul N. Tassell

Eternal Darkness. Those who reject natural revelation (Psalm 19:1; Romans 1:18-31) and/or the pure Gospel message will stand before the Lord Jesus Christ at the Great White Throne judgment someday (Revelation 20:11-15; Hebrews 9:27). After having their works examined, to determine their degree of suffering in the lake of fire forever, all unbelievers will be cast into outer darkness where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. There will be no more opportunities to be saved and no more manifestations of the life of God for them throughout the ages of eternity (Matthew 25:30; Jude 1:13).

Plea. My friend, I plead with you, don’t reject the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. He died for your sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). “Believe on [Him alone] and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). Don’t try to add good works to faith (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). Beware of those who teach “Lordship for salvation” (i.e. Vowing to make Jesus the Master of your life in exchange for salvation.)  Before you die you can be sure of your salvation and a home in heaven. You can/should know what God has said about this and believe Him and His Word (1 John 5:13).

Reflectors. When God saves a person, He usually leaves him/her on earth for a little while to bear witness to “The Light” so others can learn about God and His offer of salvation to all mankind (2 Corinthians 4:3-7; 1 Timothy 4:10;1 John 2:2). If you’re a Christian, are you letting “The Light” (Jesus) Who is within you shine forth? Is sin keeping other people from seeing Jesus living out His life through your life (Galatians 4:19)? If so, will you confess your sins to God and then claim His forgiveness (1 John 1:9)?

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Portions adapted from Dr. Paul Tassell, “That Ye Might Believe” pp. 55ff

 

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