Week of August 18 - Day 2

Day 2 Read: John 3:19-20

And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. 20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. 

Reflect: What does it mean to “believe” in Jesus? Take a minute to read James 2:19. What kind of action does this believing require? According to Jesus’ words in verses 19-21, how will belief show itself?

Consider:  By means of references to the theme of light and darkness previously introduced in the Prologue (1:4–8), the concluding three verses of this section expand our understanding of both those who are condemned and those who are accepted. Here the idea is expanded by the clear indication that what one does reflects who one is. Darkness, hating, and doing evil together are set against light, living by the truth, and the works done through God. The contrast between light and darkness is somewhat akin to the ethical dualism in the Dead Sea Scrolls, where a distinction is made between the sons of light and the sons of darkness. Here those who side with the way of darkness were for John children of the devil, the prince (archōn) of the world.2

Respond: Take a minute to read Ephesians 2:10. What does Paul say we are saved for? What is the evidence of the change God’s power makes in our lives?

2 Gerald L. Borchert, John 1–11, vol. 25A, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1996), 186.