How Great is the Darkness?

If the Light in You is Darkness – Luke 11:33-36

Opening Thoughts: About 14 years ago my brother-in-law was new to our family, he moved to our town from up north. One day we were out at a restaurant eating nachos and he asked me which ones were the jalapenos and which ones were the olives. He knew that jalapenos were hot and he didn’t like hot food. He hadn’t eaten either before and didn’t have a clue what was what. So, like a good brother-in-law, I told him that the green ones with seeds were the olives and the black ones were the jalapenos and that he should stay away from those. He then proceeded to fill his mouth with what he thought were olives but turned out to be the dreaded jalapenos. His eyes were soon opened to the truth and he would be sure to never make that mistake twice. Fortunately for him, the outcome of mistaken food had only a temporal effect, his mouth was hot for a while and then cooled down to normal temperature. My brother-in-law did not profess to know which one was which, he was humble enough to admit to to his ignorance of the fact. But what if he was arrogant in his ignorance? What if he had come into the room and said, “The green ones with seeds are olives and the black ones are jalapenos”? And what if I had told him “No sir, you have it wrong. It’s the other way around”, yet he was still convinced he knew and shoveled a load of jalapenos into his mouth? The result would be that he would be humbled, and likely after burning his mouth off he would admit to his blindness and believe the truth.

Backwards Thinking: What if someone told you as a young child that red was blue and blue was red? What if no one ever corrected you so that your understanding would be straightened? What if you were so fixed in your thinking that even if someone tried to give you the correct definition of red and blue, you shut your ears to it? In fact, what if you were so convinced that you were right about the truth that when someone compelled you to consider your understanding you got hostile with them?

Red & Blue Pills: Carrying on with the thought above, imagine if you came down with a serious illness and you were rushed to the hospital in the nick of time, the doctors quickly hooked you up to machines, ran some tests and the results came in, you have diabetes. After the doctor informs you of all the changes you will need to make in your life he hands you two bottles filled with pills. One of the bottles is filled with red pills and the other bottle with blue pills. The doctor tells you that if your sugar is low you take the red pills and if it is high you take the blue pills. There’s a major problem though, you think blue is red and red is blue.

Now if this were a true story the person would likely be dead within days because of their blindness to the truth. What they thought was true about blue and red was a total delusion. If  life and death were only about a person dying and remembering no more it would be no big deal, the delusion would only last so long, but having a God delusion is something that will last for ETERNITY. Let me explain.

The Eternal Error: Jesus warns us in His word that many people will assume upon salvation only to find out in the end that they were tragically mistaken. Look, I don’t mean to sound gloom and doom on you, but put yourself in Jesus shoes. He can see the heart of every man woman and child. Men come to Him constantly claiming to be in the light, they go to church regularly, they study the Bible, they tithe, they come from the right families, they have everything going for them, right? Jesus can see the heart of every person and He sees that their faith is not authentic, it’s a fraudulent version of the real thing and it’s end is weeping and gnashing of teeth. Have you ever seen any one gnash their teeth? I haven’t, but it sounds horrific and sounds like anger. When Jesus warns people that many will be sent away weeping and gnashing their teeth that speaks of a gut wrenching horror and uncontrollable anger that comes from facing a reality in Hell when they had assumed on Heaven their entire lives.

Today in Eternity: Globally, people die at a rate of about 150,000 per day. That means that every two seconds someone dies and stands before a Holy God. Right now there are many people standing before God declaring their goodness, their deeds, and all the wonderful things that they did in church and Jesus responds to them “I never knew you”. This tragedy is beyond words, it’s unthinkable and yet it is happening.

Many pastors today won’t even biblically challenge the people in their churches to examine themselves to see if they are truly in the faith, which is what Paul did with the Corinthians. I think all we need to do is read the Bible and we can clearly see that if the Corinthian church needed to examine themselves so do we. I challenge you to go through your movie collection and ask yourself, “Would I invite Paul to sit down and watch this movie with me?” Seriously, we need to think about this stuff, way too many people in our world pray prayers of salvation like it’s some sort of initiation into heaven then they continue on loving their sin as much as they did before. I’m begging you for the sake of your eternity examine yourself!

Scripture: Luke 11:33-36 ESV .. “No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar or under a basket, but on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light. Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light, but when it is bad, your body is full of darkness. Therefore be careful lest the light in you be darkness. If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, it will be wholly bright, as when a lamp with its rays gives you light.”

NO ONE: It’s interesting how Jesus talks. He is famous for making very absolute statements. A person who says things like “No One” either knows all things or He is a liar by making such claims. Jesus starts this passage out by saying no one on the face of the earth would light a lamp then immediately put it in the cellar or for that matter under a basket. The reason you turn on a light in the first place is so that you can see clearly. It’s kind of like if you went into the living room and turned on all the lights then headed straight down into your dark basement to sit in the darkness. You just wouldn’t do that, it’s non logical. You turn lights on so that you can see where you are going.

Your Eye is a Lamp: Jesus then talks about your eye being a lamp. He says that if your eyes are good then your whole body is in the light. Try this with me right now, shut your eyes and squeeze them as tight as you can, okay, now open them, do you see what He is saying? When your eyes are closed your whole body is in the dark, but as soon as you open them your body is full of light. It’s amazing how your eyes are so small but they make all the difference in the world, without them you are in complete darkness, which is what Jesus says happens when your eyes are bad.

Have you ever seen someone who is totally blind? I have a cousin who has no eyes at all, glass ones actually. I recently saw him and he said he purchased a new set of eyes that were worth a couple thousand dollars. He said he’s not sure why he did it because he still can’t see with them. I can’t imagine being blind, to me that would be one of the most challenging things to ever face in life, to not be able to see the ones you love. Can you imagine what it would be like to see someone who was blind but actually thought they could see? I don’t think that’s ever happened but if it it did you would know it right away. All you would have to do is be around them when they were describing something that you were both looking at. If his description was totally off you would know there was something wrong with his eyes, and upon further examination you would determine that he was blind. The only hope is that he would also come to the same conclusion so that he could then ask for help be able to learn how blind people function in life.

If Your Light Is Really Darkness: Have you ever gone for an eye test? If you have you know that the words at the bottom are very difficult to see. You can’t fool an eye doctor unless you memories the chart. The same goes for our lives, we may be able to memorize what to say and look all fine and dandy on the outside, but you can’t fool Jesus, the one who examines hearts.

Therefore be careful lest the light in you be darkness“! Wait a minute, is Jesus suggesting that someone can believe that they are SAVED yet be dreadfully lost? This is a warning from our dear savior, he’s calling people to look at their lives and examine it. Like doing an eye test. Matthew 6:23 says it this way:

23. but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

How great is the darkness: Jesus is saying that if you perceive yourself to be walking in the light yet you are walking in darkness, that kind of darkness is so deceptive, so tricky that you literally believe that you are able to see. Matthew 7:21-23 also talks about people who believed themselves to be living in the light, they were in the church, they performed miracles, they cast out demons, they even professed that Jesus was their Lord and Savior. But the sad reality was that they are full of darkness and their God delusion lead them straight to hell. You cannot afford to be wrong about your salvation.I need you to read the passage below and if you have ears to hear, please hear what the spirit is saying!

Scripture: John 9:35-41 ESV .. Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” He answered, “And who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?” Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and it is he who is speaking to you.” He said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him. Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.” Some of the Pharisees near him heard these things, and said to him, “Are we also blind?” Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no guilt; but now that you say, ‘We see,’ your guilt remains.

Are We Blind? In this passage Jesus just finished healing a blind man who was born blind. The man is so overjoyed that he rips through the temple telling everyone. The Pharisees chuck him out of the church and this is where Jesus finds him once again. Jesus explains to the man who He is and this man believes on the name of Jesus unto salvation. Then Jesus goes onto say “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.” Some Pharisees are standing within ear shot and they instantly respond asking Jesus if they were blind. The reason they asked this question was because they knew that if He said they were blind they would wave no guilt. Because really, can a blind person be faulted for not seeing? (They were talking spiritual blindness). Jesus knowing their thoughts, responded with “If you were blind, you would have no guilt; but now that you say, ‘We see,’ your guilt remains“.

Closing Thoughts: I can’t emphasize enough how I hope that I have done even a fraction of justice to these biblical texts. Do you see what Jesus is saying here? If someone is literally blind spiritually, meaning that they have not become so arrogant to proclaim that they have vision, He will give them sight and grant them eternal life. This is why He says that “I have come so those who do not see may see”. There are people all over the world and in the church who declare that they SEE yet they walk in spiritual blindness, but because they say “WE SEE” their guilt remains.

How about you? Have you been living in blindness? Are you living a life of sin and Christianizing it? I’m pleading with you to get a hold of your Bible and forget you ever responded to that altar call. Read the book of 1 John and ask yourself questions along the way, does this describe me? Am I a child of the light? Or am I living in total darkness assuming it’s the light?

My hope is that after reading this you will be more confident that you do in fact see clearly, and that you are clinging to your only hope which is in the Cross. Dear friend, if you do find that you have been believing a lie, and that the light you thought you had was darkness, I tell you today that you only have one hope and that is to see yourself as a blind beggar and call out to Jesus to open your blind eyes. Please leave a comment below, I’d love to hear from you.

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