Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Sight for the Blind

Huge revelation for me in John chapter 3 19-21.

And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their deeds were evil. 20For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his deeds have been carried out in God."

I always thought Jesus was talking about sinners in this verse, but now I see He is talking about self-righteous people. People who find their righteousness in the law rather than in Christ Jesus. The people love the darkness, because they can pretend they're not so dirty and live in this self-righteous darkness. Whoever does wicked things hates the light. Jesus is the light, and people who find comfort in trying to obey the law, hate Jesus, because He reveals the truth. That they are evil. A sinner knows he is a sinner. A self-righteous person does not accept that he is a sinner, and the light reveals his own wickedness. Because we love evil, which is self-sufficiency, we hate the light. The light makes us trust in the light, that the light has justified us. The light exposes the truth. That we are evil and cannot be good. The light seeks to hide our filth, but we're afraid it will expose it, so we stay in the darkness. Jesus wants us to trust Him to cover our filth. Grace is indeed scary. It does not promote lawlessness, but it promotes being dead to the law, no longer trusting in it to make you a sincere believer or a follower of Christ. Being a follower of Christ, means following Jesus, not the law. Trusting Jesus to lead you in the way of righteousness, and not the law.

Jesus is daring people to trust completely in Him that He will not judge us, because all judgment has been given to Him and He has not come to judge us, but to save us. We must believe that He loves us and has fixed everything or we condemn ourselves by refusing to accept His acceptance of us.

The law came through Moses, but grace and truth comes through Jesus Christ.

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