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Need the light of Christ to drive out the darkness

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By Brian Owens

“…God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5)
Craig Larson tells the story of an old desert nomad who awoke one night to a growling stomach. He lit a candle and began eating dates from a bowl beside his bed. He took a bite from one end and saw a worm in it, so he threw it from the tent. He bit into the second date, found another worm, and threw it away as well.
Thinking that he wouldn’t have any dates left to eat if he continued, he blew out the candle and ate the remaining dates.
Larson then observes, “Many there are who prefer and darkness denial to light and reality.”
God is holy. It is this holiness that is his standard for his people (1 Peter 1:16).
Our first parents, however, rejected this standard in the Garden of Eden, and it is still being rejected today. God will not wink at man’s rebellion like a grandparent will often overlook their grandchild’s disobedience. God calls all people everywhere to repent of their sins and trust Christ for salvation (Acts 17:30-31); we need the righteousness of Christ to make us right with God (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Salvation cannot be earned through our own efforts (Ephesians 2:8-9).
The Bible says that there isn’t the slightest hint of darkness in God; this cannot be said about us. The Bible says that our self-righteousness is filth rags (Isaiah 64:6).
No matter how clean we think our house is, the light of God’s holiness reveals the dust and cobwebs that lay hidden in the shadows and corners!
You may ask, “Is there hope in darkness?” Yes there is! John 1:4 says that “in [Jesus Christ] was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” Jesus is the light that can drive out darkness of our hearts!
You may wonder “why, then, is there is so much darkness in our world?”
Again, in John 3:19-21 we read, “And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”
Christ has come and revealed the light of God to humanity. Yet, how many of us are like that little, old nomad, choosing to remain in the darkness rather than deal with the reality of worms in our dates? As 18th century Baptist preacher Charles Spurgeon once said, “May it not involve more sin to have the light and not to act upon it than to be in the dark altogether?” The Light has come! Now come to the Light! Come to Christ! Repent and believe the Gospel!  

Brian Owens is an associate pastor with youth and children emphasis at Farmdale Baptist Church. He can be reached via e-mail at brian@farmdalebaptist.com.