It often seems that we concentrate on the darkness in this world. We have worries and the world seems overcome with evil and darkness these days. How do we know that the light won’t just die out and never come back?
To answer this question, we can look at two verses in scripture. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1 The other verse: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 If these verses are not true, there is no reason for us to believe in what our faith is built on.
Was Jesus just a man as some believe? Or just a God? But we, as Christians, believe he is fully man and fully God. We know that historically, Jesus existed. The Bible tells us that many miraculous things happened that are not included in the scriptures. “But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” John 20:31
All of this brings us to the discussion of light. We know that in the beginning, God created the light and saw that it was good and he separated the darkness from the light. We find this in Genesis. But if we look in John 8:12 Jesus says, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Why then, as believers, are we troubled by the darkness? Satan tries every way that he can to separate us from God. When money issues cause us to fall into that deep pit of darkness, God may seem so far away. We wallow in self-pity and question where God is in all of our troubles. During these times, do we wonder if there is a God? I understand when doubt creeps in, it can cause us to question all that we believe in. But today’s sermon reminded me of the deep dark times of my life.
I was in college, when my parents got divorced. It was a very dark time. Why did this have to happen? Our family was a perfect family, I thought. Okay, maybe we weren’t perfect, but I never would have dreamed we would become a statistic. The darkness was pretty dark. The optimist in me reasoned that this was God’s way of getting us back into the church. We had gotten busy in life and hadn’t been attending regularly. I still don’t understand why it happened and there was no resolution to escape the divorce.
But when God speaks a word, there is nothing that can stop it. And Jesus is the light to overcome the darkness. Somehow, we survived those darkest days. The light came back into our lives eventually. We have within us the ability to throw off darkness. It’ll be hard, It will be painful, but it will not be impossible. It has nothing to do with us, but everything to do with a God who loves us and sent his Son into the world to shine a light for us to overcome the darkness. Sometimes the light may seem dim when darkness surrounds us. But he’s there.
The darkness knows that his time is limited. The Creator always has the upper hand because the world is his creation. We know that the Light will overcome the darkness.
“While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” -John 12:36
See the light in front of you. Take it one step at a time. It won’t be easy. It’ll be painful, but it’ll be worth it! Let heaven’s light shine in your life. Immerse yourself in Jesus and let the light shine brightly!