Where is your darkness? We all have it. It’s where our fears, temptations, addictions, and secret thoughts lie.
17 “Stolen water is sweet; food eaten in secret is delicious!” 18 But little do they know that the dead are there, that her guests are deep in the realm of the dead.
Revelation. That’s what Jesus was all about. Still is. Jesus came to reveal LIGHT to us. His light. John 3:20-21 describes the world’s present situation,
20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.
The way I see it, we have two things wrong with us. One is that we have scales over our spiritual eyes so that we cannot see truth plainly. It’s the reason why Satan has such success with us. The other thing is that we do not face the light; whether we cannot see it or do not want to see it doesn’t matter. We’re all turned away from it. The light is Jesus. We learn this revelation from John at the beginning of his Gospel,
4 In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome [comprehend, conquer] it. John 1:4-5
9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. John 1:9
So, the way I see it, we need to turn and face the Father/Son/Spirit. In fact, the first verse of John literally reads, “In the beginning the Word was face-to-face with God.” This kind of relationship is what Jesus came to restore for us! Ephesians 3,
8 Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ, 9 and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things. 10 His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11 according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.
Literal- Paul is talking to the Ephesians, who are mostly Gentiles, about what Christ came to do. These boundless riches have to do with our relationship with the Father, through Jesus, by the Spirit. The administration of this mystery is what Paul is doing: He is sharing it! He is making it known; he is revealing it. We, the church, have been made ambassadors of this great news (2 Corinthians 5:20). This eternal purpose was accomplished in Christ Jesus on the cross, through the grave, and by the ascension. We now have complete access to God our Father!
Moral- We tend to think in future terms when we think about heaven. But, consider this: If heaven is where God and Jesus are, and they are in our hearts/lives/minds (John 14:23), then (the kingdom of) heaven is with us and in us now. Conversely, those who refuse, or do not know to turn, to the light of the good news of this relationship continue to live in darkness, which winds up being a horrible state of loneliness, guilt, shame, hopelessness, etc. Sounds like hell, doesn’t it?
Spiritual- Our darkness is what we imagine when we turn away from the light, the face of Christ. Satan whispers lies and deceptions and our imaginations take off. I talked to a guy yesterday who said that he lives with the feeling that he is getting what he deserves–Not So! Jesus came and declared through the cross amnesty for the entire world! The debt of all sin is canceled! Erased! Expunged! Removed, like a stain from a shirt. From now on, we are to share the love of Jesus and His marvelous invitation to join Him in the Fellowship of the Trinity. In the words of the writer of Hebrews,
14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest [speaking to Jews] who has ascended into heaven [and rejoined the Father and the Spirit], Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest [according to the Jewish system] who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:14-16
The best news ever is that we do not have to stay in darkness. We look at Jesus. He will shine His light on us and in us. He will make quick work of the shadows of lies and deceit about our unworthiness and any price that we think we must pay for redemption–it’s already been paid!
Let’s be face-to-face with Jesus today. Being included in the Fellowship of the Trinity will keep us stoked all day!
Abba, thank You for Your wonderful plan to get us back. You bound the strong man and took us as plunder. Now, O Lord, we can’t help but wonder at the love You have poured out on us. Keep opening our minds, Father. We want to be face-to-face with You today. Amen.