“The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”

John 1:5

When the only thing someone has ever known is darkness, it is hard to understand the Light. So the Father sent the Light into the world in the form of his own Son.

It was an incredible plan. An unbelievable plan. God would come to live among his creation. He would come into the world in the way all humans do, as a baby. He would grow and reveal God’s light to us, showing us how to love one another and how to love God and walk in communion with our Creator.

There was just one problem.

Though he came into the world that He made, the world did not recognize him. The darkness of sin has so deeply affected people that many are unable to recognize the Light, their salvation (John 1:5). Not recognizing Him, they refuse to let this pure light into their lives so that they may be delivered from the darkness of sin. The longer one lives someplace the more you grow to love it, and the harder it is to move to someplace new. People love darkness way too much. They think it hides their sin (John 3:19).

Darkness is appealing to our human nature. We are inherently aware of our sin. When the first man and woman sinned they knew it, and they tried to hide from God. They retreated into darkness and fashioned coverings for themselves from “fig leaves” in a vain attempt to cover their sin. The problem for them is that God is all-knowing and could see them, and their sin. Even when they tried to hide. Read about it in the first book of the Bible called Genesis.

The Solution – Light

Light, by its very nature, repels darkness. I remember spending moonless nights on the deck of a ship running dark on the open sea. The darkness so thick I could place the palm of my hand on my nose and not see my fingers. It felt like a black envelop seal tight with me inside. That’s dark. A dark I can’t adequately describe. So black, so deep, it chills the soul and brings utter hopelessness and a feeling of no escape.

Until, like someone striking a match, God calls. “Where are you?” That little bit of light pushes darkness away. No matter how overwhelming the darkness may be, the light of one small flickering match is enough to overcome the darkness. The quiet voice of God asking if I know where I am jolts me into recognizing my hopelessness without Him.

The Light that God sends into our dark world, our life, the place where we hide, is the powerful light of his own Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life,” (John 8:12).

Follow Jesus. Let the light of Christ light up your darkness, revealing His grace and mercy to forgive your sin, and to light your way.

Our journey out of darkness started as a small light, just a flicker, in a manger in Bethlehem. From there it grew until it became a bright light for all to see. A light where no darkness exist at all (1 John 1:5). A light that shines in the followers of Christ (Matthew 5:14-16).

The world hates the light, so they tried to extinguish it. The thing about light is that it dispels darkness. “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it,” — John 1:5.

I invite you, come out of the darkness and walk in the light.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.

If you choose to walk in the light you might wonder what to do next. What does it take to leave darkness and walk in the light? Simply this.

  • Admit that you are a sinner and you need the Savior (Romans 10:9-10).
  • Be willing to turn from your sins (repent), and ask God to forgive you (1 John 1:9).
  • Believe that Jesus Christ died for you on the cross and rose from the grave (1 Peter 2:24).
  • Invite Jesus Christ to come in and control you life through the Holy Spirit (Romans 10:13).

Here is a prayer you can pray to receive Christ. Put it in your own words if you like and let it come from your own heart:

Heavenly Father, I know that I am a sinner. I want to turn from my sins, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe that Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe He died for my sins and that You raised Him to life. I want Him to come into my heart and to take control of my life. I want to trust Jesus as my Saviour and follow Him as my Lord from this day forward. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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