The Victory of Light

When BBC Travel asked a group of respondents what it would be like to live in complete darkness.  One respondent who lived north of the Arctic Circle in Norway replied that some people get depressed while others get sleepy.  Another respondent who lived in Sweden answered that the Northern Lights were a source of happiness in the constant darkness.  “No image can do justice to the dancing, joyful, colourful display the skies put up every other night for our benefit,” she said, “Green, purple, red, you name it!”(1).

Light, we often take it for granted until when we are surrounded by darkness.  The fear of what lies ahead, the fear of stepping in the wrong direction, the fear of terrifying surprises around the corner, the fear of injury or even the fear of hurting someone else in the process, can often paralyze us.  On the contrary, a ray of light for people living in darkness can make a significant difference just as the respondent from Sweden mentioned that the night lights in the skies were a source of joy.

Light, we often take it for granted until when we are surrounded by darkness.

Jesus referred to Himself as the Light of the World.  He said, “I am the light of the world; whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life”(2). The “light” that Jesus describes himself is the Greek word ‘phós’ which means He is a light that is not dependent on an external source of energy, but He is the source itself – Jesus is the Source of Light.

Secondly, He is the Guiding Light.  We live in a darkened world of wickedness and evil.  A world of corruption, hatred, anger, resentment, and bitterness.  It was prophesied of Jesus by Isaiah who said, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light, those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined”(3).  Jesus is the Guiding Light to guide us and give us the power to overcome darkness.

Thirdly He is the Light of Life.  Physical light is necessary for life.  If there was no sunlight, plants would never grow.  The Bible says “For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life”(4).    Jesus promises life, not just a temporary life on earth, but an eternal life when we believe in Him.  C. S Lewis said, “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else”.

Jesus said, “I am the light of the world; whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life”.

The Bible promises of a day when there will be no longer night – a day of complete victory.  “And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb.  By its light will the nations walk and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it, and its gates will never be shut by day – and there will be no night there.”(5)

 

(1) http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20150303-living-in-towns-without-night

(2)John 8:12

(3)Isaiah 9:2

(4)John 14:6

(5)Revelation 21:23-25

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