Here we see Jesus speaking into the great need and despair of humanity—we are born in darkness. We are born blinded to the truth. We are born separated from the light. When Jesus speaks of us living in darkness there is not just a lifestyle change that is needed, there is not just more church attendance that is needed here. There are not more Bible Studies that are needed. When Jesus speaks of people living in darkness, he is speaking of people who are the walking dead who have no life in them. Jesus is speaking about a world that needs rescuing, a world that needs life breathed back into them. And he is saying, that life is found in me. And when you place your faith in Him, your life will be transformed. You will now walk in the light. You will now know truth. You will move from death to life. And Jesus is saying I have come to rescue you from the darkness, from death, from eternal despair. To the heart that recognized its own brokenness, to the heart that recognized that it needed saving—these would have been words of salvation. But for the religious leaders, instead of receiving this invitation of salvation and rescue from their darkness—their proud and hardened hearts saw this as an opportunity for a debate. This became about the head and not the heart. Because they didn’t think they needed saving, they didn’t know they were blind.