Loving the Dark

John 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

The reason the Pharisees rejected Jesus wasn’t because they disagreed with Him. They rejected Him because they chose to disbelieve Him.
Doubt is a matter of the mind. Even Christians have times when they doubt. We don’t always understand what God is doing or why He is doing it. But unbelief is a matter of the will. It is a choice we make.

The Pharisees chose not to believe. They did not reject Jesus for a lack of evidence. Jesus was the perfect example. Even Pontius Pilate said, “I find no fault in this Man” (Luke 23:4). Judas Iscariot, who spent three years with Jesus said, “I have betrayed innocent blood” (Matthew 27:4). So Jesus clearly was a model of everything that He said.

The Pharisees rejected Jesus because it interfered with the way they wanted to live. And that is why people reject Him today. Jesus said, “This is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed” (John 3:19–20).

People don’t reject Jesus because they have examined the evidence and remain unconvinced. They don’t reject Him because they have found contradictions in the Scripture. They don’t reject Him because of hypocrisy in the church. They reject Him because He interferes with the way they want to live.

 

David Ball
Pastor