I remember the first horror movie I saw as a young adult. 3-D technology was new and the movie promised an experience of fear unlike any other. Curiosity got the better of me and I went to see it with a buddy. It was the first and last horror movie for me.
Despite the cool technology, I came away from the film with one question: Why would anyone choose to watch such a terrifying depiction of evil?
One potential response appears in John’s words above, which come after the famous phrase from Jesus to Nicodemus in John 3:16 where Jesus spoke about God’s love for humanity and his desire to see all people come to faith in him. However, just as some film lovers are drawn to darkness as a form of entertainment, so too are people drawn to spiritual darkness rather than accepting the free gift of salvation Jesus offers.
In an odd way, darkness is comforting as it allows us to avoid our fears. It is easier to hide in the darkness — from others, from ourselves, and, we assume, from God.
Later, in John 12:46, Jesus states, “I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.” His desire is that you come into the light of his love where forgiveness awaits. Light can be blinding and uncomfortable when it shines suddenly on those who have gotten used to the dark. No need for 3-D glasses, though. He will lovingly guide you.
Oh God, help me to desire your light and leave the ways of darkness behind me. Amen.
Go Deeper — Use a flashlight to scan a dark room. With that image in mind, ask God to show you where you are allowing darkness to thrive in your life. Invite the Spirit to control those areas of your life.
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