In the Gospel of John he speaks frequently of the light and eternal life. He speaks of Jesus being the light that shines in the darkness and how the lights shows things as they are. We are intended to live in the light that is shed by Jesus, God’s Son.
John draws some contrasts for us: living and perishing, saved and condemned, doing right and doing evil. Depending on the day and the moment, we all live somewhere along these continuums. We all want to permanently be on the living/saved/doing right end of the line, but the reality is that we are imperfect and fail now and then.
The messages of the world and our own human tendencies pull us towards the perishing/condemned/doing evil end of the spectrum. It is a constant battle. The Holy Spirit, through the power of Jesus, is always shining the light into our darkness. The light dispels the dark and exposes us for what we are.
Broken yet redeemed. Sinful yet forgiven. Lost yet found. Human yet loved by God Almighty. We are each loved enough that God sent His only Son to die for each of us. Jesus came, died, and was resurrected not to condemn but to save. He came to bring eternal life. He came to shine light into darkness. We are called to live into these truths. What is our response?
John 3: 14-21