In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. John 1:1-5
You could say we are living in a time of darkness right now, a time of uncertainty, a time of mistrust, a time of crisis. So many things are going on that propel that darkness – the ongoing virus that still limits what we can do, ongoing protests against racial inequality, ongoing battles that try to undermine the peaceful protests and undermine the battle against the virus.
Many people are posting about their heart’s mission during this time as well – I’ve seen more posts against human trafficking lately (and I applaud those bringing this issue into the light). It seems there is no end to the list of things we can battle against. And think about it – that’s the point. We live in a fallen world that is filled with darkness.
But there is light. In the beginning, when God started creating, God said “Let there be light.” And as John has told us, the light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it.
Brothers and sisters, the darkness shall never overcome the light. Even in these days of ongoing strife, the darkness will not overcome the light. Especially when we follow the Light, for He said “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven (Matthew 5:14-16).
See how it works? The Word (Jesus) is also the Light, and He, dwelling within us, makes us the light. We are to shine. Even in these difficult days, shine with Christ’s light. It will make all the difference.