The Dawning of the Light

...the people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned.

– Matthew 4:16

On Sunday nights, the elders at my church are going through a study of the I Am statements of Jesus from the gospel of John. The last one was looking at how Jesus is the light. It was a great time thinking on this profound truth.

When you really think about it, what does someone experience in total darkness? In his message, James, one of our elders, used the illustration of being deep within a cave when the lights go out. He talked about how you first expect your eyes to adjust and offer you some visual of your surroundings, however, it never comes. Your eyes have no hope of adjusting and you have no hope of seeing because there is absolutely no light for their dilation to bring in.

In thinking on this, I cannot help but remember how for many years I was dwelling in darkness. I had no hope of finding my way. I desperately tried to make my eyes adjust to find a way out, but I was hopeless. Listen to Matthew 4:12-17:

Now when he heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee. And leaving Nazareth he went and lived in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:

"The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles—the people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned."

From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

This is where I was. My home was made in the dark shadow of death where there is no light. I was completely controlled by my life of sin, lost down inside a cave that I had no hope of finding my way out of. It was there, in the dark depths of my sinful heart that I realized I needed help. I needed the light. That is where I heard the call to repent. I had no hope of making it out alive on my own! And when I gave up and confessed before God that I needed him, that I was dependent on him, that he was everything I wanted and I left my life of sin to love and serve him, that is when the light dawned.

God had to bring me to a place where I knew I was lost and hopeless. But there is hope! There is light! If you are lost in the darkness of sin, repent! Turn from your sin and run to Christ! Let him be the light that will push back the shadow of death and give you the light of life!

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