We have all stumbled about in the dark. Darkness obscures our surroundings and leaves us open to injury or misdirection. We have all been afraid of the dark. We fear the unknown. The environment is unknown because it is unseen. We are all familiar with darkness in more than a physical sense. There is tremendous spiritual darkness we have all experienced. We are generally unable to see what lurks in this darkness and our way is lost. We know that finding our way can be difficult. We need light, spiritual light.
John 1:9-13 (CSB)
9 The true light that gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was created through him, and yet the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, he gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in his name, 13 who were born, not of natural descent, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God.
Jesus enters creation. He was present from the beginning and all things were created though Him. Now He is entering this creation. What happens when He does? He is light. He is the true light. His coming is the entrance of the true light into our domain, the domain of His creation. That light, His light, gives light to us all. The image is of Jesus coming into a dark place that needed illuminated. He himself is that illumination. Without Him we can only stumble about in the dark.
We are given two scenarios. We can receive Him or not. What happens to those who receive? They become children of God. They become children because of God’s will, rather than by the birthright of being children of Abraham. To receive Him is to believe. I find it interesting that many are willing to believe something about Him. Fewer are willing to receive Him. To receive Him requires us to take our belief from some sort of intellectual agreement and transfer it our entire being and will. It requires that we take Him on fully. We don’t just touch Him. We are not just beside Him. We don’t just talk to Him. To receive Him requires us to give up ourselves and our rights. To become His child we must give up our current heritage….the heritage of this world.
Believe and receive Him. Become a child of God. Let the light of Him chase away all spiritual darkness. Walk in the light of His presence.