“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. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:1-5,9-13
The Light of the world laid aside His heavenly glory to enter our earthly world as flesh. His light is unable to be overcome, and in itself, overcomes the darkness of every believing heart. Are we mesmerized and gratefully blinded?
Lighting a candle at the dinner table brings a sense of focus, calm, serenity, closeness. Light dispels fear. Insects are drawn at night to light. We stumble in darkness and grope for light in an unfamiliar room, in a quandary, for understanding in confusion, for enough knowledge to make decisions and plans. Light is life-giving indeed, and comes to us in Jesus and His living word for the taking. Yet even as we take and receive, it is God in His grace Who, by His will, pursues and catches and overtakes us. It is a majestic mystery.
The effects of light have everything to do with its source and characteristics. Life-giving. Exposing truth. Showing the way. Availing comfort. Permeating warmth. Raising in growth. Unquenchable. Unavoidable. Irresistible. What prevents our sidling up to the heavenly Light?
When I am born into a new day, do I seek the Light of the world? When I face a crossroads, do I ask for specific light from His word? Where am I loving darknesses of pleasure, gossip, philosophy, intrigue, or entertainment, more than I love light? Are there secrets I treasure, resentments I nurture, falsehoods I foster, that I fear being illuminated? His warm light can overcome every ounce of rebellion, soften every hard edge, burn away all grit and dross. (Psalm 119:105; Proverbs 6:20-23; John 3:19-21; 8:12)
“Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
risen with healing in his wings.
Mild he lays his glory by,
born that we no more may die,
born to raise us from the earth,
born to give us second birth.
Hark! the herald angels sing,
‘Glory to the newborn King!'” ~Charles Wesley (1739) with George Whitefield (1714-1770)
Prince of Peace, rule my heart and mind! Sun of Righteousness, blaze bright in me! May all of me shine Your life and light, for the sake of Your glory and fame.