A Light in the Darkness

I guess, like me, you crave the light on these dark mornings. As we watch longingly, the sky eventually gets lighter and then, the sun rises and light bursts through the clouds and mist; the world springs into life, we feel alive, free!

In John chapter 1, Jesus is described as light and life. The two characteristics are somehow intertwined. He says that ‘in him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind’. (v4).

John states that Jesus was there in the very beginning, creating the world, and as we look at Genesis 1, we see “darkness was over the surface of the deep… and God said, ‘let there be light’, and there was light” (v2-3). That light was necessary for life to exist.

I believe John wants us to link the two, to know that Jesus, the One who created the light to shine in the physical darkness of the world and thereby to sustain life, wants to shine His light into our hearts, dispelling the darkness of sin and giving us eternal life. In Him is life, he is the source of life, he contains life, he gives life, he restores life. He longs to fill our lives with the light of his presence and for us to be living in His fullness of life.

Going back to my illustration at the beginning, it wasn’t quite complete was it? There are those dark days, when the clouds are so thick that the sun never quite breaks through. Yes, we perceive some light, we trust that the sun is still up there, but we don’t see it or feel its warmth. Life can be like that can’t it?

John 1v5 declares, ‘the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it’. The darkness will never overcome the light. Light always dispels darkness. Yes we will inevitably still walk through the valleys, we will still experience the consequences of a fallen world and our own fallen hearts, but Jesus always dispels the darkness in our lives as we invite him into every dark situation; sin, sickness, bereavement, mental anguish, guilt, fear. It’s his promise. He says, ‘whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’ John 8v12.

Action: Find a quiet time and place where you won’t be disturbed. Invite the Holy Spirit to come and show you an area in your life where there’s darkness. That might be painful memories, guilt, destructive thought patterns, words or actions. Ask him to come and flood your mind, heart and soul with his light and life. Wait, receive all he has to give you.

What is he showing you? What action do you need to take in response?

Come back next month to read more about the light and life Jesus brings…

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