John 1: 3-5 joyfully declares this about Jesus:
Everything was created through Him; nothing—not one thing!—came into being without Him. What came into existence was Life and the Life was the Light to live by. The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness ; the darkness couldn’t put it out. (The Message version; italics added).
I needed to be reminded of that today.
One of the things I enjoy most about the Christmas season is all the lights. I go crazy with the white lights inside our home. There are lights everywhere. This year, we decided to take the lights outside too. We had a reindeer and a Christmas tree in our front yard. In the back yard, we strung icicle lights all along our deck.
I loved looking out into the inky blackness and seeing those white lights on the deck twinkling. So, we decided to keep those lights up all winter long. I leave them on all night.
Sometimes winter is tough for me. After the joy and excitement of the holidays, January and February seem so gray and dreary. I suspect that this year may be rougher than those in the past, due to the tragedy that struck my family last month.
I have been having some trouble sleeping lately. It has been an enormous comfort to see those white lights lighting up the darkness on the nights when sleep is stubbornly elusive.
They are a constant reminder to me that the Light of Jesus shines forever, regardless of the blackest night.
There is no darkness that He cannot penetrate. Darkness can never overcome His light.
I need to remember that when the world seems so dark around me.
His Light radiates undimmed, absolutely unaffected by anything that happens on this earth.
Right now His Light is veiled from our sight but it still burns on in eternity.
And there is coming a day when that Light will be unveiled and it will saturate and illuminate every single inch of this vast universe (Revelation 21 & Rev. 22:1-5).
Until faith becomes sight, I will rest in the knowledge that His Light shines forever and always.
Darkness was absolutely defeated at the Cross. Darkness never has the final word.
As a result of the cross, I carry His Light in my heart and He has given me the precious light of His Word. Therefore, I will not be overcome by the darkness.
I will live in the Light.
His face was like the sun shining in full power at midday. (Revelation 1:16)