The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. John 1: 9-11 NIV
A single light exposes things hidden in darkness. The luminescence of angels filled the night sky proclaiming the birth of the Messiah, Jesus. The light from a star disclosed the location of the same Messiah, Jesus.
When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. Matthew 2:16 NIV
Exposure also reveals the motivation of our hearts. Herod was furious when he realized the men whom he’d hoped would lead him to Jesus defied him. Murder bred of jealously was the result.
This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. John 3: 19 NIV
Jesus’ life was short-lived in the world, snuffed out by those who also felt threatened by the light of exposure. The Pharisees rejected Jesus’ understanding of the law, though they understood his admonition. Jesus exhorted them of their hypocrisy, and rather than repent they hated him for it.
Why? Why do we get angry when the truth of our motivation is revealed? Wouldn’t you think we’d welcome correction which benefits us?
It seems, we’d rather retreat into darkened corners and keep up facades when light threatens to expose our greed, pride, or envy to the world. Deliverance is available to us in the person of Jesus Christ, yet despite the fact we all struggle with the same sins, we prefer to live in the darkness, hiding.
For many years of my life, I too pretended I didn’t sin. Hid behind good behavior. But Jesus broke through the darkness. I received the light of the truth and I’ve been set free from the fear of exposure. There are still times my selfish motives cause me to retreat, but the gentle discipline of the Lord urges me forward to confess and be cleansed.
What will you do today? Will you embrace the light of Jesus and confess your sin, or will you retreat?
I urge you to walk into the light and let it wash over you.
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. I John 1: 8-9 NIV