“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” ~ Plato
The Apostle Paul was a scholar, schooled in the finest tradition of Greek philosophy. He recognized that ‘all truth was God’s truth’. With the help of the Holy Spirit, Paul had a remarkable ability to place the wisdom of great minds on its true foundation, the wisdom of God. By applying this practice of Paul, we can see that there is great spiritual truth in the above quote by the secular philosopher Plato.
The greatest truth a person can ever discover is that Jesus is the Light of the World. In the eighth chapter of John, Jesus applies the title to himself while debating with the Jews, stating: “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).
In a secret meeting under cover of darkness, Jesus instructed Nicodemus that “the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God” (John 3:19-21, NKJV).
One of the greatest tragedies of our age is that people seem to be afraid to embrace Jesus and experience the life-giving light that comes from Him. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Isaiah’s prophecy were fulfilled in our present age: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined” (Isaiah 9:2, ESV)?
These words of Jesus seem so appropriate for today: “So Jesus said to them, ‘The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going’” (John 12:35, ESV).
We live in a world that doesn’t appear to know where it’s going. God’s word says, “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 cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7, ESV). Oh, that we as a people would come to the Light. Oh, that each one of us would come to the Light.
No darkness have we who in Jesus abide; The Light of the world is Jesus!
We walk in the light when we follow our Guide! The Light of the world is Jesus!
~ P. P. Bliss (1875) ~
~ Brother Roy