John always begins at the beginning. In his gospel, he declares, “In the beginning was the Word” (John 1:1). In 1 John, he writes, “That which was from the beginning… we proclaim also to you” (1 John 1:1). He continually beckons us to remember the light of that first creation, which is Christ Himself. In the beginning, God said, “Let there be light” and there was light (Genesis 1:3).
The sharp divide of light from darkness, of right from wrong, of holiness from wickedness, of truth from falsehood, makes us uncomfortable. We live in a world that is very comfortable with gray. We are more comfortable with gray because, in the muddied middle grounds, we can more easily dodge the issue of sin. We may prefer not to make the bold statement, “I have no sin,” but it’s easy enough to say, “It’s a gray area, neither right nor wrong.”
Like Adam and Eve, we hide in the bushes, point the finger of distraction, make an excuse, and blame the circumstances or someone else. We’d rather not deal with Christ’s light and our darkness.
So John begins: “This is the message we have heard from Him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with Him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth” (1 John 1:5-6).
In Christ is no darkness at all. None. With God, nothing is neutral. He doesn’t deal in moral gray areas. “The Lord is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, forgiving iniquity and transgression, but he will by no means clear the guilty” (Numbers 14:18). This is an unsettling truth for a people comfortable with gray. The gospel is uncomfortable because it exposes the truth, a truth that we are reluctant to face. Do we hide in the darkness, or do we love the light?
Apart from the grace of God, I would remain hiding in the corner, making excuses, and avoiding the truth. But John calls us to enter the light not in fear, but with great joy. Yes, we, like Adam, have sinned grievously. But if we will lay our darkness at His feet, we will be made clean. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
Just as, in the beginning, God spoke into darkness and declared, “Let there be light!”, so also His voice pierces our darkness. In this our joy is made complete, for “the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:5). Brothers, if we walk in the light, we have fellowship with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.
Written By Caleb Faires