Jesus Christ came into the world making the incredible statement that He was the Light of the world (John 8:12). The primary definition of light is “something that makes vision possible.” By that definition, the coming of Christ enables us to see as we have never seen before. The question is, what does He enable us to see?
Walking along a well lit street at night probably does not cause much of a concern. Sure, there are shadows lurking everywhere, but the light from the street lamps and yard lights provide a sense of comfort and security. Now, think about walking down an unlit country lane in the dead of night under an overcast sky. It’s hard to see your hand in front of your face. You could trip and fall over almost anything. Every sound causes the hair on the back of your neck to rise. This is very similar to the way it is when we are spiritually walking in the dark.
Darkness is the story of mankind without God. From the Garden of Eden to this present throbbing moment, those who walk apart from God cannot process life correctly. In the darkness, that which is beautiful can look horrid. In the same way, that which is ugly can actually look attractive. By walking in spiritual darkness we are placed in a danger that cannot be calculated, and dare not be underestimated.
Well, it has finally happened. The new movie Noah, starring Russell Crowe in the title role, has been released. And, true to form, the reviews have gone haywire. Some are touting it as a masterpiece. Others are decrying it as blasphemy. Some are pushing for everyone to see it. Others are saying you shouldn’t waste your time and money. All this hubbub, however, especially in the Christian world, leaves me with a few questions…
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