A small girl from the city took a trip to the country. One night as she looked into the beautiful night with a view uncluttered by the artificial lights of men, she said, "if it's this wonderful on this side, how wonderful it must be on the other side."
Certainly it is true that the lights of heaven, the creation itself, give testimony to the living God (Psalm 19:1-6; Romans 1:20). Jesus said, "I am the light of the world" (John 8:12). Jesus has come to dispel the darkness, to give life, to give warmth, and to give guidance. With the light we can finally see what's been in the darkness. It's sort of like opening the door to a room, that's been shut all winter, for spring cleaning. We turn on the light and we are instantly overcome by what we see, a disorganized mess, even things we have forgotten about. We are tempted to just shut the door and forget about it. It may be easier that way, but the mess remains. Anyone who has ever finally cleaned out that cluttered garage or closet feels a sense of freedom. The 'light of the world' can do that for us. Jesus can turn chaos into peace, but putting our lives in order is only possible with the light of the world.
Every once and and a while we may get some light, but when we do we are reminded of what's there, and instead of dealing with those spiritual problems, well, it's just easier to turn off the light (John 3:19-21). Immorality, greed, hate, envy, jealousy, grudges, ignorance, and spiritual apathy, all of them and much more is revealed in the light. What we do about it is up to us. Jesus is the light of the world. He can help.
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