What’s the first thing you do when you walk into a dark room? Most likely, you turn on a light.
The world around us is getting darker, and darker. Where is the light? Light illuminates. It alleviates our fears of what or who might be lurking in the dark. And it shows us where hazards are located so we don’t get hurt. But in a world that’s dark where can we turn to find light. We don’t have to go any further than our television or the internet to see darkness. It’s everywhere.
The Bible uses the image of light to offer us a deeper understanding of God’s gift to us in Jesus. The stark contrast between light and darkness helps us better understand the gift of God’s light and the grace Jesus brings to the dark, sin filled world.
Isaiah 9:2 says “The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them.
I like the Scripture John 12:35-36, Jesus is telling His disciples before He was arrested by the Romans; “You are going to have the light a little while longer (Jesus was still on earth). Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going. Believe in the light while you have the light.” When he had finished speaking, Jesus left to go pray.
In these dark times, we have to look for the power of God’s light to bring wisdom and understanding. The unfolding of His words gives light; it gives us understanding to the world around us. We cannot survive in the darkness it will destroy us,
John 3:19-21 says, “This is Judgement: the light has come into the world, and the loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, least his works should be exposed. But whoever does what it truly comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen the works have been carried out in God.
This is the crisis we are in right now. God’s light is streaming into the world, but men and women everywhere are running for darkness.
The revelation of Jesus and His light in the world is of utmost importance for true believers, as it offers great hope and reminds them of our salvation. This event is so important that Jesus dedicated an entire season of showing light in the darkness -Christmas.
Titus 2:11 says, “For the grace of God had appeared that offers salvation and motivation that empowers us (Jesus) to live holy and upright lives until we wait for His return. In our humanness, we know that we are sinners, but God sent Jesus to die so that every sin can be forgiven.
Our job is to repent for our sins and turn away from them. Together we can grow in understanding of Jesus and learn how His light provides both purpose and motivation in our daily walk.