What Does John 3:20 Mean?

"For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.

John 3:20(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

Most wicked acts are carried out secretively and under cover of darkness, for even though evil men know that God exists, they do not honour Him as Lord, nor do they give thanks to Him for His daily provision. Instead the thoughts of their hearts are only evil continuously and their lives become futile and worthless.

Such ungodly people suffocate their God-given conscience and sear their sense of right and wrong. They wilfully ignore the clear evidence of His almighty power, which is displayed in the heavens above.. and they refuse to acknowledge the clear testimony on the earth below. The result is the rejection of God’s gracious offer of salvation by grace – through faith in Christ.

The pointless reasoning, and silly speculations of these ungodly men and profane women, allow their foolish heart to become corrupted by Satan and darkened by sin. Their lustful leaning and sinful habits cause them to hate the Light of the glorious gospel of Christ.

John explains that everyone who engages in evil perversion and sinful wickedness hates the Light. Evil-doers do not embrace the Light of Christ. They shrink-away from the Word of truth, for fear that their deeds will be exposed.

Darkness is not so much the opposite of light, but the absence of light. The exclusion of the Lord Jesus Christ from the lives of evil men… the absence of the truth and a self-willed rejection of the glorious gospel of grace, corrupts the human mind and darkens his imagination, until the Presence of God's light become painful and distasteful.

It was at the end of His interview with Nicodemus, that Jesus explained that all men are condemned – for all have sinned and fallen short of God's glory. The true Light of life – the Lord Jesus Himself, Who is able to illuminate the heart and transform the soul, has already come into the world… but men love darkness more that the light – because their deeds are evil.

Jesus is the true Light of the world Who was sent by the Father to bring light and life and health and wholeness to a darkened world. But His Word was discarded, His message was rejected and His offer of salvation was spurned by fallen men, who did not want the pure radiance of His glorious light to expose their evil deeds of darkness.. for everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.

During Christ’s present, High Priestly ministry in heaven, the Church have been entrusted to be lights in this dark world of sin. Ye are the light of the world, Jesus told us, and as His representatives on earth we are to shine for Him - we are to shine the light of the gospel of truth into a dark and hurting world.

As children of the light let us not only walk in the light of His love but be used as His channels of blessing and hope to others.. knowing that as many as receive the true Light of that lightens every man who comes in to the world - to them He gave the right to become sons of God and children of the light.

My Prayer

Heavenly Father, we increasingly recognise the evil and wickedness in which this world is drowning. Lord, we know that there is only one true Light, Who can transfer sinners from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of His dear Son – and that in Him alone are the words of eternal life and the forgiveness of sins. Use me as a light in the world to point lost men and women to Jesus and help me to shine the light of Your love into many hearts today – knowing that the time for Your return draws ever closer. This we ask in Jesus name, AMEN.

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