“Light Shines in the Darkness”
Have you ever been in a moment of complete darkness? I am sure there may have been several times with all that has gone on during this year. You most likely get nervous or afraid and reach out your hands to grab hold of something solid. This is often the state of our world: darkness. But the life of Jesus is described as light, light that shines in the darkness. The light of Jesus, which is specified as His life, is a light more powerful than any darkness and darkness cannot overcome it.
You may feel like you are in a season of darkness, anxious or afraid, groping around trying to find something solid. Jesus is the light that shines in that darkness. His life is a testament that God did not stand apart from the darkness of the world, but went directly into it, bringing light into the world – the “Word” was made flesh and dwelt among us. God loves us so much that He came into the world in the person of Jesus to reveal His steadfast love that brings light to our darkness. We may be groping in the dark, but the steadfast love of God is what is solid in the midst of dark times. Let’s take this season to be reminded that God is still present with us and focus on the light of Jesus that shines even if it feels like we are in the dark.
The Word Became Flesh
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
16 For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.
5 Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the clouds.
6 Your righteousness is like the mountains of God;
your judgments are like the great deep;
man and beast you save, O Lord.
7 How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
8 They feast on the abundance of your house,
and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
9 For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light do we see light.
10 Oh, continue your steadfast love to those who know you,
and your righteousness to the upright of heart!