*[[Joh 3:20-21]] KJV* For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
Jesus called us the light of the world, because we reflect Him. He also said to “marvel not” (don’t be amazed) if the world hates you. So if we are the light of the world, why does the world hate us?
The answer is found in John 3:20-21. Jesus Christ summarizes the psychological state of everyone in the whole world.
People that do evil hate the light – emotional opposition
They refuse to come to it – avoidance in action
Because their deeds are reproved – why? they want to avoid their actions being spoken against.
People that do the truth come to the light. – they dont avoid it
They want their deeds to be exposed as obedience to God.
So if sinners hide from the light, and we are the light, what is the link between people that do evil and people that do truth? One word- Repentance.
Repentance is when people who evil come to the light to get their deeds reproved and change their works to works done in God.
Repentance – the greatest miracle on earth. The only miracle that heaven rejoices over.
Jesus called John the Baptist a “burning and a shining light” and the “greatest man born of a women.” Greater than Elijah and Elisha, and all he did was get people to repent – without any other miracles.
Then he said that the least in the kingdom is greater than JtB. That means that those in the kingdom of heaven would get a lot of people to repent… Plus more. Jesus showed us this by example. Many repentant sinners followed Him, plus He did other miracles and healings.
Notice that the link between believers and unbelievers is not compromising or turning the light down. Its not subjugating your light to the darkness. Its the other way around!
Yes its the goodness of God that leads people to repentance. And its the obedient preacher that gives them something to repent from! Repentance is not achieved by our intelligence, but by a miracle of God in response to the foolishness of preaching.