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“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.
“Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.”
Missing the Light
Every week-day morning, I take my daughter to school. And at least every other day, we’re running late. And so we rush out of the house like a tornado, get into the car, say a brief prayer, and then we’re off and running. And as we’re putting the pedal to the metal, there’s a stop light at the bottom of our hill. Now, if we hit it when it’s green, that’s great. But if it happens to be red, that’s not good. But the worst situation is seeing it green, but by the time we get to the intersection, it’s turned yellow and then red. Rats, we missed the light; therefore, we have to wait for it to go through it’s cycle, including a special left turn signal that only increases our frustration.
But you know, we’ll feel more than just frustration if we miss the kind of light Jesus talked about. You see, the light has already come into the world; the word made flesh has pitched his tent among us. And if we listen to why it came, we’ll understand that it didn’t come to judge but rather to save. And if we trust that the message is true, we can experience some of that salvation right now. But if we don’t trust, then the message means nothing. And if we don’t listen, we’ll never understand the purpose of God’s coming into our time and space. You see, we’ll never be able to feel the peace and the hope that comes from believing that salvation, not condemnation, awaits us. And I’ll tell you, that’s a pretty big price for missing the light.