1 John 1:5: “This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.”

August 17th, 2022 by Pastor Ed in devotional

This is one of the simplest, but most deeply profound, phrases in the Bible: “God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.” The kind of light John uses to describe God is one none of us have ever seen—pure light. John is referring to the fact that there are no degrees to God’s holiness. He is perfectly holy. And there lies the problem. How can sinful humanity ever come into contact with such a holy God? The answer can only be found in the shed blood of Jesus Christ. John says, “if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

There is an ancient Persian fable about an underground cave. After a lifetime of living in darkness, a voice called to the cave: “Come up into the light; come and see the sunshine.” The cave didn’t understand the meaning of light, as all it had ever know was darkness, but it finally went to the surface and marveled at the light. The cave said to the sun, “Wow! Now come with me and let me show you the darkness.” The sun asked, “OK, what is the darkness?” The cave replied: “Come and see.” The sun agreed, and entered the cave. “Show me your darkness,” the sun said, but there was no longer any darkness. It is the nature of light to bring full illumination to any given situation.

“LORD, may Your mercy fill us again as we look to Jesus to be our source of righteousness and not ourselves today.”