From Darkness Into Light
Darkness. Night. We associate these things with evil. Imagine darkness so heavy you can feel it. It feels like carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders. And you are without hope. You can’t see anyone you love or even the neighbor. All you can see is darkness. It says in Exodus 10 that God brought a darkness that could be felt on to Egypt (Exodus 10) because they rebelled against His words (Psalm 105:28). Although the wicked love the darkness, it will eventually become a bane for them. However, God calls us to light and to live as the light.
The Dreadful Dark
The wicked have left the straight ways to walk in dark ones (Proverbs 2:12-13). The Bible said woe to those who hide their plans from the Lord and work in darkness (Isaiah 29:15). Nevertheless, God will bring to light what is hidden and expose the motives of the heart (1 Corinthians 4:5). Light exposes peoples’ deeds, so men love the darkness (John 3:19-21).God is light, and the Psalmist’s secret sin had been set out in the light of the Lord’s presence. (Psalm 90:8).
Even though the wicked love the darkness, darkness will be their punishment. The Lord will pursue His foes into darkness (Nahum 1:7-8).God’s own people, Israel, would grope around in darkness if they disobeyed God. (Deuteronomy 28:29).Corrupt prophets in Israel would be banished to darkness, and the sun would set for them (Jeremiah 23:9-12, Micah 3:5-6). People sat in the darkness because they rebelled against the Lord (Psalm 107:10-14).
On the other hand, God is light. Think about the most beautiful light you have ever seen. The most majestic thing. That does not even begin to compare to how beautiful God is.The Lord is light itself, dwelling in light, and has no darkness (1 John 1:5 & Daniel 2:22B). He is the Father of lights, and wraps Himself in light as with a garment (James 1:17, Psalm 104:2). When Ezekiel saw the Lord, he saw brightness surrounding Him like that of a rainbow. (Ezekiel 1:27-28).
Salvation from the Darkness
God calls us out of the darkness and into His wonderful light (1 Peter 2:9). Jesus told Paul that He was sending him to open people’s eyes so that they could turn from the darkness and go into the light (Acts 26:17-18). People needed to have their eyes opened, because the god of this age blinded the mind of unbelievers so they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. However, God made his light shine in the hearts of believers to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory (2 Corinthians 4:4, 6). We are to pay attention to the prophetic message as a light shining in a dark place. Until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your heart (2 Peter 1:19). God qualified us to share in the inheritance of the holy people in the kingdom of light and rescued us from the dominion of darkness (Colossians 1:12-13).
Jesus, the Bright Morning Star, came as a light in the world so that those who follow Him would not have to walk in darkness but instead would have the light of life (Revelation 22:16 John 12:46, 8:12). He is the true light that gives light to everyone (John 1:9). It was prophesied in Isaiah 9:2 that the people living in the darkness would see a great light; this quote was later referenced in Matthew 4:16. Zechariah, John the Baptist's father, said that the morning light was about to break upon them and give light to those who sit in darkness (Luke 1:78-79). Moses and the prophets said that the Messiah would suffer, rise from the dead, and then proclaim light to the Jews and gentiles (Acts 26:23).
Livin' in the Light
Jesus, the light of the world, calls us to be the light of the world and to keep our lamps burning for when He returns. (Matthew 5:14-16, Mark 4:21, Luke 12:35-36). He said that our eye is a lamp that provides light to the body. We were to make sure that the light we think we have isn't actually darkness.If the light is darkness in us, it is deep darkness (Matthew 6:22-23). Even though we once were darkness, we are now light in the Lord and should live as children of the light, exposing the fruitless deeds of the darkness (Ephesians 5:8-12). Everything that is exposed by the light becomes visible, and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. Therefore, we are told to wake up from sleep and rise from the dead and Jesus would shine on us (Ephesians 5:13-14).
Paul urged in the book of Romans to discard the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light, and that we were to walk in decency and not carousing, drunkenness, sexual impurity and promiscuity, or quarreling or jealousy. Instead, we were to put on the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 13:12-14). Furthermore, the author of 1 Thessalonians told the church of that region that the Day of the Lord would come like a thief. But we are not in the dark, so that day will not overtake us like a thief. We are children of the light and of the day and not of the darkness or night. (1 Thessalonians 5:1-5)
Darkness and light war against each other. Those sinning live apart from God and the light of His presence. However, we don't have to be like the Egyptians and those who disobeyed God. Because Jesus, the Bright Morning Star, came to bring us out of the darkness and into the light. In turn, we must be a light for others.