The True Light Which Enlightens Everyone

In the first chapter of his gospel, the apostle John refers to Jesus as “the true light, which enlightens everyone” (John 1:9). Though the world was made through him, “the world did not know him” (John 1:10). Jesus was even rejected by many of his own people, the Jewish nation (John 1:11).

How Will People Respond?

As the moon reflects the light of the sun, we are to reflect the light of Christ in our lives (Matthew 5:16). But how will people respond when they hear the truth that we preach?

Some will accept it with joy. However, the light is very bright and those accustomed to the darkness will find it difficult to open their eyes. It hurts when someone enters our room during the night and turns on the light. The sensitivity of our eyes to the light makes us want to seek refuge under the covers. In the same way, those who sleep in their sins, refusing to wake up, avoid exposing their lives in the light of the truth taught by Christ in the New Testament.

Two Attitudes Toward the Light

“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. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God” (John 3:19-21).

Therefore, sharing the same message with people will result in one of two reactions: some will accept it; others will not. The problem is not with the sun (the message of Christ) or with the moon (the faithful who preach it) but with the condition of the heart of those who hear it.

What is your reaction to the light of the gospel?

–Brigham Eubanks