Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”(John 8:12) NKJV
Things on Earth are patterned after things in the heavens. God has withdrawn his presence from the world and dwells in a realm of light, while we’re here on Earth toiling through an ever encroaching darkness.
It is easy to let darkness consume your life. The news these days is full of war, mass murders, school shootings, drug abuse and sexual deviance that there are times when if feels like the world is spiraling out of control. Darkness is falling. Jesus brings us light in a spiritual context, so that even in the darkest night we may be filled with light. You don’t believe me? Jesus went into more detail about this phenomenon:
The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!(Matthew 6:22-23) KJV
Our natural state is lost without God. The choice to believe in Jesus Christ is something that the Holy Spirit convicts us of when we are exposed to the Word of God through preaching. When we believe in Jesus Christ we are said to be “born again,” and pass from death to life. We receive the Holy Spirit and, through that, we have spiritual sight. That’s how we can close our eyes and be filled with light, even though it may be pitch black around us. Where does this light come from? On one hand it could be said that we are imagining it. It is in our mind’s eye. Even so, when we dream there is light in our dreams. Where does that come from? It is imaginary? Does it have a source? Jesus appears to be telling us that he is the source of the light that we can see when our eyes are closed. Lost people dream and can use their imaginations. What is the source of their light?
What happens to those people who don’t hear about Jesus Christ? or who hear but deny the promptings of the Holy Spirit and turn away from the truth? They have to walk in darkness. This is despair. This is the reason for why we are having an epidemic of mental illness and suicides across the country. Mortality rates are increasing for middle-aged white Americans. This is after years and years of steady decreases. We are looking at a generation, Generation X, who were raised in church and have full knowledge of God: the events of the Bible and the life and miracles of Christ, but who were seduced by science and technology and dismissed it as childish fables. Now they’re washed up with either mediocre careers or no careers, having failed to achieve the standard of living that their parents had, and younger generations of people with more strength, energy and enthusiasm taking over.
These are the people who rejected the use of spanking in raising children, leading to two generations, Gen Y and the Millennials, of people who do not have a firmly established concept of cause and effect. You do something wrong you get punished. That is simple enough. What if you do something wrong and don’t get punished? then there’s nothing wrong with doing something wrong, right? Sadly there seem to be a lot of people who are living in this state. Jesus summed it up very simply:
I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.(John 12:46) KJV
We remember what the darkness was like. We also remember how it felt when we got saved and the light of life came into us. We realize that we have more questions than answers today. There may be simple answers to these questions. If there is we can confidently trust that the Holy Spirit will give them to us when the time is right. In the meantime, We’ll continue to ponder on these things.
Christ became sin for us by sacrificially allowing protons to emit their light and become neutrons during nucleosynthesis. “The lamb slain from the foundation of the world,” isn’t poetic or symbolic, it’s physics.