“The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.”
When you are travelling through a dark night and see a light ahead of you it can be a wonderful comfort and re-assurance. It reminds us that we are not alone and that there are other people close at hand should we need them.
If we are not aware of the darkness then we see no need for a light and may even fail to perceive it. This is particularly well illustrated in Jesus tale of the Prodigal Son. His audience was made up of ‘tax collectors and sinners’ and ‘the Pharisees and the teachers of the law.’ The latter group criticized Him for His association with the former.
Yet it is clear from Jesus life and ministry that it was the ‘sinners and outcasts’ who were drawn to him and the ‘religious leaders’ who failed to recognise Him for who He was. The sinners and outcasts were aware of their darkness and need of forgiveness and salvation and were drawn to the warm and accepting light that they saw in Jesus. The religious leaders failed to see their own darkness and missed completely the true light that was in front of them. Far from embracing it they sort to extinguish it.
We live in a world that increasingly refuses to acknowledge both sin and Saviour. Yet for those with eyes to see the darkness is all around and the need for a saving Light increasing. Lent is a time when we can reflect on our own sin, its consequences and the incredible blessing of God’s love, forgiveness and salvation. It is a time too when we need to pray more sincerely for the world around us.
Thank God that He found You and drew You back home – and was so delighted when you came.
Thank You Lord Jesus for Your Light that has shone into my darkness and drawn me to You. Thank You that You always will be my Light and my Life. Amen.