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In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
Darkness. A state absent of light. A place where we don’t want to be. A place where we don’t want to go. Darkness brings fear and confusion. What waits for us in the dark? How can we see the path in the dark? Darkness is a place for hiding, for standing still. It is not a place for moving forward.
The theme of light and darkness is woven throughout John’s gospel. Nicodemus came to Jesus at night, alluding to his spiritual darkness and confusion. After Judas left the Last Supper in order to betray Jesus, John adds, “And it was night.” (John 13:30). Darkness is the metaphor for death, sin and separation from God. Darkness is Satan’s realm, but now the Light has arrived.
The battle between light and darkness continues, but the dark forces can never conquer the Light. The Light dispels the darkness. The winner is always the Light. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12). Are you walking on the path illuminated by the Light?
Father, send Your light and drive away my fear. Send Your light to make sense of my confusion. Send Your light so I can find my way to You. Send Your light so I can see the path that pleases You. Send Your light so I can have the confidence that my steps are secure. Send Your light to fight the darkness for me. Father, send Your light so that I can experience the light of life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.