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The Light

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 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.

John 1:1-5

Darkness is the absence of light the lack of God. It represents the power of evil, sin, and unbelief in this world, all of which lead to eternal death Jesus proclaims to the people, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life”. John 1:5 says the darkness “has not overcome” the light because evil cannot overpower Jesus Christ, who states, “I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness”

Even amidst the great deal of darkness in this world, the light of Jesus Christ shines bright. He who experienced all of the darkness, even death itself, and was not overcome now dwells in us as God’s Spirit. As followers of Jesus, we still live in a world where darkness seems ever-present. This is no surprise to many of us. As we all experience suffering in many different ways, whatever it may be. Remembering the truth found in John 1:5 and the resurrection of Jesus allows us to have faith. Consider today how the light of Christ may shine into the darkness around you. Are there times in your life where you’ve accepted the darkness in which you may be called to carry the light of Christ?

Even when we struggle, seemingly encased by the dire reality surrounding us, we can take comfort in knowing the fact that God is ultimately in control. Currently, we may feel overtaken by the darkness that has overwhelmed our world our everyday lives. But there is a light who has overcome that darkness. A light that will lead us into victory. The darkness does not understand why we have this hope or comprehend the fact that there is peace and victory in Christ.

We know that we will have trouble in this world. Jesus Himself promised us as much, in John 16:33. But of course, that isn’t all He said. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Tara Reed

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