Life and Light
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. All things were created through Him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created. Life was in Him, and that life was the light of men. That light shines in the darkness, yet the darkness did not overcome it.
These verses refer to Jesus, the Son of the Living God. Jesus is life, and He gave life to men on earth. When Satan came to bring death and destruction to what God had created through Jesus, God sent His Son, full of life and light, to a very dark world to die so that men might live again. God’s Word is truth. His Son brought that truth to the world He created. If man rejects the truth, is the truth any less real?
Many Christians have given up on the power of God’s Word as truth and His Son as the life and light of the world. If you look at the world today, it is easy to understand why they have given up. It appears hopeless. The economy and governments have failed us. Tensions rise in other countries. What was once considered to be wrong is now acceptable, condoned, and even encouraged or protected. Concentration on the world reveals the darkness and the power of it. I find Christians who just want to sit back and wait for the rapture, and some have even started a count down. These verses, however, assure us that the light of Christ shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome His light.
Perhaps, the darkness will not overcome because the rapture is near, but if Christ lives in us, the darkness of the world should not overcome us while we are waiting. If Christ truly lives in us, we should be experiencing both life and light. We should be overcoming the darkness in our personal lives. Maybe it is time we tune out the voice of the world and listen to the leading of the Holy Spirit – those little nudges that prompt you to do things that don’t make sense to the world. Maybe it is time we take our eyes off the darkness and looked to the light to give us clear direction. Since darkness did not overcome the light, there is hope in this dark world, and His power is greater than the hopelessness many embrace.
We are approaching the time of year when everyone will be decorating their homes with lights. I encourage you to decorate your own home with lights, and as you do so, think of Christ. Let them remind you that Jesus came to bring both life and light to the dark places of your world. Their beauty is more vivid when everything is dark around them. That same light within you is more vivid in the midst of your darkness, too. Don’t give in to the darkness around you. Dare to shine through it!
Have a blessed day!