“Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, Lord” (Psalm 89:15 NIV).

When Jesus stood up against the adulterous women’s accusers (See John 8),freeing her from certain “death by stoning”, He was not giving her a “pass” to continue her former lifestyle. He was giving her a new lease on life. He commanded her to “Go and sin no more”(John 8:11). Thus proving that His mission in coming into the World was not to condemn but to save (See John 3:17). He is the Light that is at the end of every “Dead end” road where there seems to be no way out of life’s darkness. He declared, “I am the light of the world, He who walks with Me shall not walk in darkness but shall have the light of life”(John 8:12).

John uses in his Gospel “darkness” as a spiritual metaphor for bondage to sin. Darkness is blindness, the absence of light.  Again, darkness stands for ignorance, the lack of the knowledge of God and His ways. The prophet Hosea declared, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge”(Hosea 4:6).  But ignorance is no excuse for God’s people.  I am reminded of the sobering words of my friend and mentor, Leonard Ravenhill, who wrote, “Sodom had no Bible”!


Today’s darkness is due to the fact that we have substituted the light. The prophet upbraids Israel, God’s people, with these words,”And when they say to you, Seek those who are mediums and wizards, who whisper and mutter, should not a people seek their God? Should they seek the dead on behalf of the living? To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. They will pass through it hard-pressed and hungry; and it shall happen, when they are hungry, that they will be enraged and curse their king and their God, and look upward. Then they will look to the earth, and see trouble and darkness, gloom of anguish; and they will be driven into darkness” (Isaiah 8:19-22 NKJV).


In the midst of darkness and gloom, God also gives a message of hope and a promise to His people if they will listen to His Word and turn to Him. “Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the nations, by the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan— The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as warriors rejoice when dividing the plunder” (Isaiah 9:1-3 NIV).

This scripture found it’s fulfillment in the coming of Jesus Christ into the world and is true for us today. “This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin” (1 John 1:5-7 NIV).


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