John 1:5 (NLT)
5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.
John introduces Jesus as the light, “The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish (or overcome) it” (John 1:5 NLT).
Light is a powerful thing. I have driven many nights across the flat plains of Illinois and Indiana on many late nights, hoping to get home from a long trip. In the distance watching the flash of stop lights down the road can be seen for miles before reaching the crossroad. It reminds me every time of just how powerful one small light in the night can be. In the heavens above we see the lights of stars many of which are hundreds of light years away, which means the light we see now actually began shining long before anyone alive right now was born. Even the powerful light of our sun takes 8 minutes to reach the earth. Yet, in the darkness of night, a small light can guide us to safety or direct us in where to go.
Jesus came to give illumination into knowing God and Godly ways to live in this world. The darkness of sin and evil have struggled to try to destroy God’s goodness and righteousness in our world since the creation of time. Humanity often chooses to do what is evil instead of what is right and good toward God or one another. Even the most righteous people can struggle to do good and right, as Paul said “The things I know I should do I do not, and the things I do not want to do I do” (Romans 7:15).
Jesus came, as “God in Flesh”, to show us the love and mercy that God has for us all. He came to teach us how to love one another, and what it really means to give one’s self up in love for others. He came to overcome our own dark ways. To overcome the struggles within our own hearts and minds, and the temptations that draw us away from seeking what is best for others around us and cause us to act in unrighteous ways toward other. He came to show us that all of us can find new life in God’s love and forgiveness. We can know what it is to be free from sin, and to live in goodness and righteousness.
Today look into Jesus Christ, our Savior. See the light of understanding the fullness of God, which is found in knowing Him. Then take that light into the world around you, and let it shine brightly into the lives of your family, friends, and everyone God brings into your path.
Be blessed on your journey with Jesus this week.