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Light vs. Darkness


John 1:5

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

The Story: In Genesis, when God speaks creation into existence, He begins saying, “Let there be light,” and, we read, “there was light.” God then separated light from darkness (Genesis 1:3-4). God the Light Maker entered His creation, a creation darkened by sin and, with sin, the primordial chaos. Creation needed to be remade beginning with light and throughout the Gospel of John, Jesus identifies Himself as light. “I am the light of the world,” He proclaimed, “Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12). “I have come into the world as light,” He said later, “so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness” (John 12:46). Darkness is the normal state for people in this world, who “loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil” (John 3:19). For those who can see it, the light still shines brightly in the darkness as it did in the stable long ago. Venite adoramus. Come, let us adore Him.

The Structure: In the pitch dark, we can see nothing, stumbling blindly and precariously along the way. In the twilight, we see outlines and shapes, picking our way slowly and painfully lest we be surprised. Only in full light can we walk with confidence. In the same way, only in the light of Christ can we make sense of this world and our lives in it. Without Him we can only stagger—or swagger—along, hoping for the best and keeping our minds off the worst. Once Jesus enters our lives as He entered the world, we begin to see. We see ourselves as we are and repent. We see others as they are and honor them as the images of God. We see sin as the agent of the darkness and holiness as the path to more light. And we understand truth and develop a Christian worldview. “For at one time you were darkness,” Paul reminded the Ephesian Christians, “but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light” (Ephesians 5:8).

What does it mean to walk in the light throughout your day? What new things are you seeing in the light of Christian truth?

 

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