Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. John 3:20
We may not live in darkness, but we do tend to like the shadows, the place where we can conceal our weakness and sin. We fear exposure of those past or present bondages; in the shadows we hope to keep them hidden.
Fear is uncomfortable. We learn to live with it, but the cost of the cover shadows provide is high: loneliness, isolation and the lie we must then live. In the shadows we cease being real.
In the shadow we live in confusion, insecurity and doubt, never fully trusting and never truly seeing each other.
In the shadows we learn to live with suspicion and limitations. It is where we learn to survive by relying on our understanding and “street smarts.”
Apart from the light and the life in Christ Jesus, we stumble in darkness.
These were the circumstance into which Jesus came to save us.
He came to save the world from darkness, by being a light from the Father.
He came to expose that which keeps us lurking the shadows.
He came to set us free from the sin and shame that keeps us from being fully alive.
He came to bring us into the light and the love of God.
He became the way out of the shadows into the light that freed us from sin and condemnation.
"While I am in the world, I am the light of the world." John 9:5
He commands us to do the same—be his light, his presence and his hope for a world in darkness as we walk in his Spirit.
“You are the light of the world.” Matthew 5:14