We came to the end of our passage! We managed to lectio divina our way through 1 John 1:1-4 before the Easter season ran out —
Which is OK, because I am going on vacation and won’t be able to post every day until after June 6 … when the Pentecost season begins.
So what do you say, for today, we simply continue to verse 5? It goes on this way …
“This is the message that we have heard from him and announce to you: ‘God is light and there is no darkness in him at all’.” (Common English Bible).
God is light.
Revelation 21:23 says the New Jerusalem, the holy city of God to come, “doesn’t need the sun or the moon to shine on it, because God’s glory is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb.”
God is light, and there is no darkness in Him at all. His glory is so bright, no sun is needed to light His holy city. What is your reaction to this kind of light, an all-pervasive brighter-than-sunniness?
One of the main impressions I get of a place that’s all light is that there’s nowhere to hide. Everything is out in the open. Kind of scary.
I was asking Jesus about this, how we would be able to function with such complete transparency. The best of us has secrets we wouldn’t want others to know.
It seemed to me Jesus was saying it’s not scary at all, because it’s what we long for when we’re walking with Him.
Every day I’m drawn to spend time alone with Jesus, to listen in silence for His voice, to feel His presence and His love. The more I do this, the more I love everything about Him and wish to be like Him. And He is graciously giving me the desire of my heart.
I am becoming what He is, becoming His love, and so, according to this Scripture, becoming light. Because God is light, and there’s no darkness in Him.
What I want more than anything else is to be like Jesus, and He is light. So I must believe somewhere in my future is a place and time and point on my journey where it will be my delight to be in the light, with no place to hide any secrets … and no secrets to want to hide.
Won’t that be wonderful?