2 Corinthians 4:4-7–Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God. You see, we don’t go around preaching about ourselves. We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord, and we ourselves are your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ. We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.
When Jesus came to the Earth as a human, He came right into the middle of sin. He is God with us; even though our sin destroyed the perfect place that the Earth once was, He still came. Romans 3:23 says, “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” Not one of us has been able to measure up to the standard God has for our lives, but He still loves us and has a plan uniquely crafted for every person on the planet.
Without Christ, we are in complete darkness. We put our identities in other things–a relationship, a job, money, a religion. But eventually we find ourselves stuck. Darkness does more than prevent us from seeing where we are; it keeps us from knowing where we’re going.
Jesus came to the world not to condemn us for everything we’ve done wrong, but to save us from ourselves. When we surrender the control of our lives to the One who created us and who has a plan for us, the entire spectrum of our vision changes. We see things in a different way. Our sin leaves us shattered, but God can pick up those pieces and create a brand-new masterpiece.