February 28, 2021
And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.
John 3:19, ESV
Structural note: Who is John writing to? Unbelievers? Believers? The church? Church leaders?
Another teaching focused on light (compare to John 1). The central question to me: Why would anyone reject the light? Are they blinded by the solely by the darkness present or the darkness they produce themselves? Is the result of this act of rejection evil in itself?
I struggle, at times, trying to understand why people do not fall in love with Jesus the moment they hear His story. Is their sin so blinding that they cannot see truth? Do they mishear or misunderstand the story? Are they not being truthful to themselves? Whatever the reason, the Bible (Jesus’ words) tells us that such will happen. We cannot make it about us, our performance or even our responsibility? The rejection is of God, not us. All we are instructed to do is speak what we know and have experienced. Everyone’s own salvation is between them and God. We have to be OK with it, but we never give up or stop trying!
Thank You for giving me hope to share with others. Show me that my work—nor the work of the Holy Spirit—is in vain. Help me to keep talking, keep trying and keep hoping.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.