This past weekend was “Deep Freeze 2010,” our youth group’s winter camp which is put on by Camp Berea. This year’s theme was “Illuminate.”
Duffy Robbins, our speaker, emphasized 1 John 1:5-7, “God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”
Another translation says “In God there is no darkness whatsoever.” I like that… God is pure light, no darkness at all. Duffy used the illustration that if you’re standing directly under a strong light you have no shadow, but the farther from the light source you walk the longer your shadow goes.
If God is that light, how long is your shadow? Or are you so far from Him that you don’t even have a shadow because you’re walking in the darkness? Do you feel trapped by your shadow, feeling like God wouldn’t want you back?
The Good News is that Jesus Christ died on the cross in order to “purify you from all unrighteousness.” What that means is that through faith in Jesus Christ all your sin is wiped away, so that when God sees you he sees a holy saint. Jesus Christ says this, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).
Finally, notice that 1 John 1:7 says not only are we “purified from all sin,” but also “…if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another.” We cannot stay strong in our faith alone. We were created to draw strength from God and from other people. Christianity is not a solo religion, it’s a communal faith – don’t be a stranger to the Church.
Will you come to the light of Jesus Christ?