Otto Koning was a missionary in New Guinea. In his lectures/preachings he describes how the local people suffered under the evil powers of demons. According to these people you may steal, kill people, etc. – exactly the opposite of what we learn in God’s Word. For all practical purposes it’s not much different in our country: almost 18 000 people are murdered each year, every couple of minutes someone is raped, families are destroyed by drugs, etc. That is not the life which God had intended for us.
In the Bible the words “darkness” as against “light” are often used. John describes the doing of wicked deeds as a life in darkness. The light (Jesus) has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed (John 3:19, 20). We are commanded to live in the light and not in the darkness: Let us stop doing the things that belong to the dark, and let us take up weapons for fighting in the light. Let us conduct ourselves properly, as people who live in the light of day – no orgies or drunkenness, no immorality or indecency, no fighting or jealousy But take up the weapons of the Lord Jesus Christ, and stop paying attention to your sinful nature and satisfying its desires (Rom. 13:12 – 14). When we look at all the sins mentioned, what more does God really demand of us than for us to do good to ourselves and others? He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8).
God loves the world. He doesn’t want us to experience hell on earth, and therefore He provides us with guidelines for how we should live. For these guidelines we must be grateful and give praise to God. If we do the opposite of what is good for us, we live in darkness and not in the light. God wants us to enjoy heaven on earth. In heaven there are no security gates or firearms, nor any ‘tik’, quarrelling or jealousy.
It is wonderful to know that, on the cross, Jesus Himself had borne the darkness of our sins. On occasion He said to the people: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12). Jesus is not only a light, but the light that bears true life. In him was life, and the life was the light of men (John 1:4 – 5). To live in darkness is not a life.
When Jesus dwelt on earth as a human being, He showed and told how it is to live in the light. He also said to his disciples: “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matt. 5:14 – 16). Jesus says that if we are his disciples everyone will be able to notice it. It would be just as impossible to hide as it would be to hide a city set on a hill. If others cannot see that we know Jesus, it would be just as senseless as lighting a candle and then covering it with a bucket.
Jesus stated what the objective with his coming was: “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). That is the message that we must spread. That is the life which God intended for us.
Lord Jesus, let your light shine in us to such an extent that we may enjoy true life. Amen.