“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 were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it… The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world…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.” John 1:1-5,9,14
When all is dark, Jesus’s light is present and irrepressible. As a fat bright moon breaks through on a frigid winter night, rising in wondrous, captivating glory to split and illuminate the thickest dark, so does Jesus rise, again and again, into the darkness in our lives. What was in the beginning is now still, His light in place, transcendent, shedding its magnetic light to bring hope and understanding to the shadows in which we daily move. He pierces our deepest despair, irradiates our unseen way forward, brightens the places we doubted could ever be bright again.
Jesus, the Light of the world, dispels our darkness with His comfort and abiding presence, infusing us with His light of life. Jesus the Word, our lamp, reveals the path before us and shows us the way to go. Though our hope may flicker, our future be uncertain, our faith waver and wane, He can be trusted. He cannot be extinguished. He has brought us out of darkness into His glorious light; His light is our life. (John 8:12; Psalm 119:105; 1 Peter 2:9)
And when we are living in the light, we can carry His light to others, into caves of loneliness and sorrow, the strangle of harsh circumstances and sin, the foggy web of unbelief. As vessels of light, we expose darkness, and as beacons ablaze with the fire of truth and compassion and love, we are at once subversive and strange in a dark world, but oh, so greatly hungered for and needed. His light, though not always recognized as emanating from the Divine, makes a difference and attracts true seekers. (Matthew 5:14; 2 Corinthians 4:7; Ephesians 5:8-11)
Jesus, thank You for being the Light of my world. I look to the day when all nations and kings of the earth will walk by Your glory, heaven’s light, when the Lamb is heaven’s lamp. Until that day, blaze in me to shine before those who live in darkness, that they know and give glory to You, and so walk with me there. (Revelation 21:23-24; Matthew 5:16)