Last week, we learned the Apostle Paul said we were once darkness. That is no longer true if we are Christ's: "But now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord" (Ephesians 5:8-9). Now we see everything in a new light, since we are light in the Lord; therefore, "walk as children of light." We previously described the darkness in three words: deceptive, disobedient, and deadly. Now let's illustrate the light with three different words: wakened, walking, and wise.
Before we knew Christ, we were dead in darkness; now we have been wakened from death. "Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light" (Ephesians 5:14). That's what happened when God woke us from the spiritual slumber of death with his great wake-up call. We were asleep, dead, unconscious, in the dark, oblivious to the reality of our relationship with God. But he called us by the gospel, raised us from the dead through his life-giving Word, and brought us to a living faith by the Spirit. Jesus Christ is the Light of the world, shining his life-giving light on us (John 1:4-5; 8:12).
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness never has nor will overcome it. The light of Christ shone when darkness covered the land, during those hours when our Savior hung on the cross. In that darkness, God took upon himself the judgment and the wrath that we deserved, suffering in our place. The Savior of humanity, Jesus Christ, took all our sins, all our death, and died to take them off of us. When Christ arose, a new day dawned for all who trust in him. His light of life disperses our darkness. When we come to Christ, his light becomes ours as we are joined to him. The Holy Spirit enlightens our minds and souls with new light, and we are wakened (Psalms 13:3; 18:28).