21But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. 23For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. ~Romans 6
It was day. Just the beginning of it; the sun’s rays were just cracking into the dark shell of the sky. Her eyes watched it hungrily, wanting ever so much to run to it– but at the same time she wanted to flee in terror. She knew that to willingly embrace the light, she would be completely exposed. The person she truly was would be open for all to see, all to mock. And worst of all the Good One would see her. It was His light that was coming, as it always did, offering freedom to the prisoners in the tombs. To be free one need only step into the light, come before Him, and He would forgive them. That’s what the story was, anyway. But no one really wanted to. Firstly the light hurt their eyes. Secondly they didn’t want to see themselves as they really were– little more than rotting corpses. And the last reason was they all hated the Good One– it was Him, after all, that had imprisoned them. And for what? What had they done to deserve such a punishment? For many years she had joined the others in cursing Him, in mocking the light that came every day. But not now. Now she knew what she had done. Now she knew she needed the forgiveness, and if that wasn’t forthcoming she wanted justice upon her head. She had to face the truth.
She walked into the light. It was much too bright to really see what was in front of her so she looked down at her hands; in so doing she saw what she was. Her flesh was falling off her bones, her clothing was dirty rags. Now she could smell herself, a smell she’d purposefully ignored her whole life. What a disgusting creature she was!
“Clara, my daughter, you have come.”
She looked up and at last she could see. A man dressed in white sat at a table, a feast laid out before him. He smiled at her. “Come, eat with me.”
“I– I couldn’t, sir,” she stammered, feeling more disgusting in this man’s presence. “I– I’m not fit to be shown such a mercy. Are you the Good One?”
“I am,” he nodded.
She took a deep breath and bowed her head. “Sir, I have come to confess to you my wrong. I know you have laws and they are good, as you are. And I have broken them every chance I get. I’m sorry, but I can’t stop myself.”
He didn’t reply. She just stared down at her dirty feet, the bone of her big toe sticking out. How he could even stand to look at her was a mystery. Then suddenly he was standing in front of her, actually touching her rotten flesh with his clean, white hands. “Clara, your sins are forgiven you. I promised that whoever came into my light would be forgiven. You are no longer slave to your sins; I free you.”
She involuntarily took in another deep breath, but this one was different. It smelled and tasted sweet; she could feel it fill her whole body with new life. She hadn’t realized her eyes had closed. She opened them. Her body was no longer rotten but new and living. Her clothing was also white, just like the Good One. He smiled at her. “Come, eat with me,” he said again.
With great joy she obeyed.
16“For God so loved the world,i that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19And 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. 20For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. 21But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” ~John 3