Monday, June 29, 2009

EMBRACE THE LIGHT OF TRUTH

Overheard in Bible class: "Unbelief is not an intellectual problem, but a moral problem. Men love darkness rather than light. A man's (eternal) fate is sealed by how he reacts to the light. Each person either chooses the light or flees from the light." It's so true. The light is the truth of the Gospel. The principle is based on something Jesus said about those who accept or reject Him.
"20 For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21 “But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God." - John 3:20,21
An honest person can do all of his deeds in the light of day. Since he has nothing to hide he is not afraid of the light. But a dishonest person has to operate in the shadows of darkness so as not to be found out. He runs from the light and even tries to extinguish it.

When Jesus spoke the Truth, it shed light on the the practices of men. The honest people loved to hear it and they responded to Him in faith. But the fates of the Priests and Lawyers and others like them was sealed because the light of truth which Jesus spoke embarrassed and humiliated them. To avoid this, they even went so far as to kill the light. Killing Jesus was their way to hide and protect themselves from being exposed.

The Scriptures teach that "truth will make you free" (John 8:32). But for some people, truth is the enemy that must be suppressed. These people cannot afford to be exposed. Their livelihood depends on their ability to conceal who they truly are and so they deceive. Even their words, just lies, are a manifestation of this darkness. For them, their fate is set because "the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against those who suppress the truth in unrighteousness" (Romans 1:19). Their fate is set because "they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved" (2 Thess. 2:9,10). They don't love light as they don't love the truth.

How do you respond to the Truth of Jesus Christ? Do you claim to love Him while despising the very things He said? This is the same thing as rejecting Christ, the light. There is a message of hope in all of this because liberty and happiness is waiting in the light. If anyone will expose himself to God by repenting and confessing, in the light there is freedom. In Luke 19 Zaccheus, who had been operating in the shadows, when he found Jesus he confessed his sin and vowed to correct the wrongs he had done. Because of his change, Jesus said to him, "Today, salvation has come to this house." It's that easy. Do you respond to the light as Zaccheus did? Please pray about what is most important in this life. If we can't be genuine by living in the light, what kind of life is that? Jesus warned that His "words are what will judge in the last day" (John 12:48). Nothing is profited by rejecting His truth today. Everything will be exposed then and it will be too late. And so we must choose to stand in the light today or we will stand in the light on judgment day. How we respond to Jesus today will set our fate for eternity. Embrace the light of Jesus Christ; embrace His truth, and you will be set free.

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