Frank Cuozzo was once in darkness and now he is in the light!!! You who have trusted Christ this morning have gone from the darkness of sin and eternal death, what the Bible calls the "second death", and have been translated into His marvellous light, AMEN!!!

I want us to look at a couple of things about the light today,

#1) The Darkness comprehended it not:

Look again at John 1:5,

"And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not."

That word "comprehend" means that the darkness didn’t "admit" to the existence of the light, it didn’t "understand" the light, and that it didn’t "receive" the light.

The Bible says in John 3:19 & 20,

"men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved."

We live in a world that is ever more confused and confusing, a world that is ever more given to darkness. While we are proud of our accomplishments in science, technology, and medicine, our civilization and our society as we know it is coming apart at the seams.

More marriages are ending in divorce not less. The family (I’m talking about a husband, a wife, and children) is under attack more than ever before. True Biblical Christianity and the Bible are being attacked, belittled, and mocked. Any mention of God or of Jesus Christ is being removed from all public places as a so-called separation of church and state. Television is becoming more and more tolerant of perverse lifestyles and more anti-Christian. We live in a world that calls good evil and evil good. What can we call that except darkness?

The Bible says that men by nature love the darkness rather than the light. We were born in sin and we must have a new birth or an infusion of the light of Christ to come out of this darkness and into His marvellous light!

Psalm 51:5 says,

"Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me." The Bible here is not saying that conception is sinful but that we had that sin nature passed down from one generation to the next. Romans 5:12 says it like this,

"Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:" Before we were born again, we all loved the darkness and comprehended not the light!!!!

Ephesians 2:1-5 says it best,

"And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)" Praise God for the light of Christ that comes into the hearts of men and changes us from the darkness into His marvellous light!!!!

I’ve told the story here before how that when Margaret and I were first saved and we thought about before we trusted Christ, and I said that I didn’t think that we were that bad. Margaret and I started mentioning different things, and the more we thought of our past, the more we saw how really sinful and dark that we really were.

John 1:5 said,

""And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not."

That’s why it is so hard for some people to just see the simplicity of the Gospel message and turn from the darkness and trust Christ. Because darkness doesn’t like to be exposed. Darkness doesn’t want to admit, understand, or receive the light. It is a spiritual warfare that we are in. But praise God we are not fighting for the victory, we are fighting from victory.

I Corinthians 15:57 & 58 says,

"But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord."

#1) We said of the light, that the darkness comprehended it not,

#2) We are to be witnesses of that light:

Look at John 1:6-8,

"There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light."

John, the author of this gospel, is not talking here about himself, but about John the Baptist. John the Baptist was the forerunner of Christ who prepared the way for the Lord. He came for a witness. Why? That all men through him might believe, that’s why.

Acts 1:8 records the last commands of the Lord Jesus Christ to His disciples before He ascends to heaven,

"But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth."

Once a person has come out from the darkness and into His marvellous light, he or she is to be a witness of the light of Christ, Why? That all men might believe!!!!

Story:

George Sweeting, in his book The No-Guilt Guide for Witnessing, tells of a man by the name of John Currier who in 1949 was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison. Later he was transferred and paroled to work on a farm near Nashville, Tennessee.

In 1968, (19 years later) Currier's sentence was terminated, and a letter bearing the good news was sent to him. But John never saw the letter, nor was he told anything about it. Life on that farm was hard and without promise for the future. Yet John kept doing what he was told even after the farmer for whom he worked had died.

Ten years went by. (1978) And a state parole officer learned about Currier's plight, found him, and told him that his sentence had been terminated ten years earlier and the he was a free man.

Sweeting concluded that story by asking, "Would it matter to you if someone sent you an important message -- the most important in your life -- and year after year the urgent message was never delivered?" "Would it matter?"

We who have heard the good news and experienced light and freedom through Christ from darkness, are responsible to proclaim it to others still enslaved by sin. Are we doing all we can to make sure that people get the message? Are we witnesses of the light???????

It has always been God’s way to spread his light by using people. John is a witness to the light but he is not the light. The responsibility of the witness is to bring men to the place where they must decide, where they take a definite step of faith.

God is calling His people to be a witness of the light of Christ. Are you a witness for Him? Jesus is the true light, but He said that we are the light of the world as well.

In Matthew 5:14-16 Jesus says,

"Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."

What kind of a light have you been for the Lord? How many lost in darkness have you witnessed to about the true light? How bright is your light that men see your good works, and glorify, not you, but your Father which is in heaven?

Story:

There was the story of a man who became very seasick while out at sea. While this man was sick he heard that another man had fallen overboard. He was wondering if he could do anything to help to save him. Too sick to go out of his room, he laid hold of a light, and held it up to the port-hole.

That night the drowning man was saved. When this man got over his attack of sickness he was up on the deck one day, and was talking to the man who was rescued. The saved man gave this testimony. He said he had gone down the second time, and was just going down again for the third and last time, when he put out his hand. Just then, he said, some one held a light at the port-hole, and the light fell on his hand. A man seeing his hand, caught him and pulled him into the lifeboat.

It seemed a small thing to do to hold up the light; yet it saved the man's life.

We are commanded to be witnesses and to be the light of the world. When are we going to decide to obey the Lord’s command? Why are we not obeying?

Statistics:

-"Millions of surveys which we have helped to take around the world indicate that approximately 98 percent of the Christians do not regularly introduce others to the Savior."  (Bill Bright, president of Campus Crusade for Christ, 1992)

-A 1980 Gallup poll indicated that out of all evangelical, American believers, "only two percent had introduced another person to Christ." 

These are sad but true statistics I’m afraid.

Story:

D.L. Moody and once spoke with a woman who didn't like his method of witnessing. He said, "I don't really like mine all that much either. What's yours?" She replied that she didn't have one. Moody said, "Then I like mine better than yours."

John said, "the light shineth in darkness, but the darkness comprehended it not." John also said that God sent John the Baptist to be a witness of the light that all men might believe.

#3) John said that some will reject the light:

Look again at John 1:10 & 11,

"He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not."

Jesus was rejected by His own people, the Jews. Of course we know that many Jews did trust Christ and followed Him. His disciples were Jews and thousands of the first century churches earliest converts were Jews. But we also know that Jesus was rejected in His own hometown Synagogue and that the religious Jews were plotting His death very early on in His earthly ministry. We also know that Paul and Peter and other early Christians were persecuted by these religious Jews.

And so rejection of the gospel and rejection of the light is still prevalent today as well. In Matthew 7:13 & 14 Jesus said,

"for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it."

-Paul was rejected

-Peter was rejected

-Stephen was rejected

-Jesus was rejected

And you will be rejected. John said that His own received Him not.

Then Lastly,

#4) Some will receive the light:

Look at John 1:11-13,

"He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."

We saw some reasons why a person would not come to Christ, to the true light that lighteth the world. Because they are in darkness and the darkness comprehended not the light, and that some will outright reject the light, but John says that those who will receive Him will become the sons of God. I am so glad that God uses us to be witnesses and that some will receive the light.

Psalm 126:5 & 6,

"They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him."

God promises those who sow the precious seed of His word that we will doubtless come with rejoicing bringing our sheaves with us.

In John chapter 17, Jesus was praying His High Priestly prayer to His heavenly Father and in that prayer He prays for the future ministry of His disciples when He says in verse 20,

"Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;"

Jesus was praying for those that would come to know Him through the witness of His disciples, and He is praying for those who in the future would believe on Him through their word or their witness. He is promising that some would receive the light.

The obvious success of the first century church proves that those who receive the light of Christ, and obey the commands of Christ to be witnesses, not only will have some reject the light, but will also have some receive the light as well. The only decision that we have to make is this, what are we going to do with the light that we have been given. Are we going to hide it or are we going to lift it high and let its light so shine that others may see it?

Let’s pray.