For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.
— John 3:20 —
Sin makes a person irrational. It turns someone into a walking contradiction. John the apostle explains that people do evil, love darkness, and yet do not want to be exposed for who they truly are— wicked evildoers. They want to enjoy sin and avoid being exposed as sinners. Moreover, evil always wants to dress in the garments of goodness to mask its true nature. This verse reveals many truths about sinners. Sinners practice evil and are, therefore, evil. If they were good, then they would come to the Light because they would not be ashamed. The ideal situation for a sinner is that he would be allowed to indulge himself in sin and be perceived as a good person at the same time. Not only do they avoid the Light—the Savior Jesus—but they also hate Him. They hate Him because they know they are guilty and they fear being exposed. Sinners love secrecy. It is a breeding area for further sin. The ideal situation for a sinner is that he would be allowed to indulge himself in sin and be perceived as a good person at the same time. People reject the gospel because it reveals the truth and destroys their idolatrous images of themselves. But Jesus will not settle with anything less than a full confession of one’s spiritual state. Therefore it is the gospel preacher’s duty to shed light on the sinner’s heart and demand full compliance with the Savior’s assessment of man’s problem and the solution for sin. There is freedom and salvation in the admission of sin. The Holy Spirit mercifully and constantly exposes sin both in the lives of sinners and confessing believers because of the Savior’s love. May we preach and pray that people would see their sin and not be turned into walking contradictions.