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“And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” (John 3:19) In these words spoken by Jesus Christ, Jesus is showing us the relationship which exists among human beings, darkness, and evil; it is a relationship which still exists today. For example, if I were to ask you to name some things in this world that you thought were evil, what would you name? Today when many people think of evil they conjure up images of the devil, people involved in the occult, or maybe something they saw in a movie. Others think of criminals who are guilty of murder, rape, etc. Still others might think of evil rulers like Adolf Hitler, Saddam Hussein, etc. All these are evil things, deeds, or people; therefore, Jesus would associate all of them with darkness.
But have you ever examined yourself? Do you abide in darkness? Have you ever done or thought anything that would be considered evil by Jesus? What about the words you have spoken to yourself or to others?
Let’s take a look at what the Son of God, Jesus Christ, has to say about us all. “And He said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications [sexual immorality], murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness [lustfulness], an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.” (Mark 7:20-23) Look closely to what Jesus is teaching: it is not only the murderers and thieves of the world who do evil, but also those who commit adultery, have sex before marriage (fornication), take the name of the LORD in vain (blasphemy), deceive others, are prideful, etc. All these things, and many others, are what God refers to as sin, and sin is evil in God’s eyes.
Listen to King David’s confession to God, “For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against Thee, Thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Thy sight.…” (Psalm 51:3-4) In David’s confession, we see two things: the first is that sin is evil and the second is that sin is a transgression, or a violation of God’s holy law of righteousness, the 10 Commandments. “Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy”, and “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.” (Romans 7:12, 1 John 3:4)Since we are all sinners, we all stand guilty of breaking God’s law. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
The true state of human beings is not one of goodness in God’s eyes but one of lawbreakers living in the darkness of sin. We all live contrary to God’s perfect, holy nature and His righteous law.
“As for God, His way is perfect...God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all.” (Psalm 18:30; 1 John 1:5) There’s not one trace of evil in God; He is incapable of committing sin. Sin is darkness, evil, and totally contrary to the nature of God; therefore, anyone who sins is acting in a way which is in opposition to God. Since God is perfect and holy, He must turn His face away from all sins, “big” or “little,” because they are all evil in His sight, “Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity [sin].…” (Habakkuk 1:13) This is a very serious matter, for it means God must turn His back on all people who refuse to turn away from their sins and call out to Jesus Christ for forgiveness. People who choose to walk in the darkness of their sins have no fellowship with God, “dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto....”(1 Timothy 6:16)
A dark cloud of sin hangs over us all; it must be removed if we are to escape the judgment of a just and holy God, angry with our sins. For “Thou hast set our iniquities before Thee, our secret sins in the light of Thy countenance. Who knoweth the power of thine anger? Even according to Thy fear, so is Thy wrath.” (Psalm 90:8,11)
“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” (John 8:12) Jesus came to open your eyes and turn you from darkness to light, from the power of Satan unto God, so you may receive the forgiveness of sins. (Acts 26:18) It is Jesus Christ who can bring you out from under the dark cloud of sin that hovers over you and the condemnation it brings from God. Here’s how: Jesus lived a perfect, sinless life when He “was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” (Hebrews 4:15) He never violated or transgressed God’s law of righteousness as we have. He was then worthy to take our sins upon Himself and die in our place on the cross. “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. Who His own self bare our sins in His own body....” (Romans 5:6, 1 Peter 2:24) He then defeated sin and death when “He rose again the third day.” (1 Corinthians 3:4) It is for these reasons the light of forgiveness and the gift of eternal life in heaven can be offered to you through Jesus Christ. Right where you are, make a decision to turn from the darkness of sin to the Light of the World, Jesus Christ. Confess your sins and call upon Him in faith to save you and He will. Trust Him today as your Lord and Savior. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. ” (Romans 6:23, Romans 10:13)
“Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.” (Psalm 112:4)...and His name is Jesus Christ!