In the beginning, as Genesis 1 records, the world was in chaos. Reading hard news and social media, you might get the impression that 2016/2017 is the epitome of chaos on planet Earth right now.
“4 The Word gave life to everything that was created,*
and his life brought light to everyone.
5 The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness can never extinguish it.*
6 God sent a man, John the Baptist,* 7 to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony. 8 John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light. 9 The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.
10 He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. 11 He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. 12 But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.” (John 1: 4 – 13; NLT)
In a stunning development – if you just sit and think about it for a moment – God let His Son visit Earth, as messed up as it is. And sadly, but not surprisingly, the world didn’t recognise Him, didn’t see who was right before them. And today so many still refuse to open their eyes, preferring darkness.
When people refuse to let the Light of Christ into their lives, the destination is often rank foolishness, like the feminist as follows in darkness:
The light: “There is no longer Jew or Gentile,* slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28; NLT)
Or these depraved parents in Syria who sent their daughter on a suicide bombing mission, in darkness:
The light: “But if you cause one of these little ones who trusts in me to fall into sin, it would be better for you to have a large millstone tied around your neck and be drowned in the depths of the sea.” (Matthew 18:6).