Why would someone not believe in the name of the only begotten Son of God? Why would someone willingly stay in a condemned state knowing there was not only an alternative, but also redemption from such a state? Jesus, who knows the heart of man, explains:
“And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” (John 3:19)
Do you remember loving the darkness of your evil deeds more than the light of Jesus? Do you still? Even if you are a believer, don’t you find yourself looking longingly towards your old besetting sins? Why is that? We are foolish, that’s why!
“As a dog returns to his own vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.” (Proverbs 26:11)
If we do not understand that running from the light means running from our protection then we are condemned to remain living in the darkness:
“The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.” (Romans 13:12)
The armor of the light protects us from the darkness of our sins. That is why we need redemption from Jesus so we can receive the Holy Spirit, who reveals the Light of the Word as we read our Bibles. You ever noticed how your lack of Bible study and meditation time corresponds with your lack of holiness?
A person who rejects the Bible’s illumination to his or her wickedness actually begins hating the Word, Christians, church, and anything that has to do with holiness. In fact, you can get used to it and actually prefer it!
Matthew Henry says this about rejecting the Light:
“Sinful works are works of darkness. The wicked world keep as far from the light as they can, lest their deeds should be reproved. Christ is hated, because sin is loved. If they had not hated saving knowledge, they would not sit down contentedly in condemning ignorance.”
Bro Dave, are you saying sinners hate Jesus? The unredeemed do absolutely because they do not want to be exposed. Why would they not want to be exposed; do they even know better especially if they don’t Jesus?
You think about that this weekend. We’ve hinted at the answer, of which we’ll see on Monday. But for now I want you to go back and read John 3 again in light of what we’ve looked at so far. I love to read Scripture over and over again for the Holy Spirit to supernaturally reveal to me the Light of the World, which is the Word.
Will you do that this weekend? Will you be willing to make that commitment, to read John 3 this weekend? I would consider it a personal blessing to know you did so.
And as you’re doing that this weekend please remember to go to church on Sunday.
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