Light and Darkness
Have you ever thought about the significance of light and darkness from a Christian perspective? Light and darkness are often used to represent the spiritual state of individuals and the world at large.
In the Gospel of John, Jesus famously proclaims, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life" (John 8:12). This statement is a powerful declaration of Jesus' divinity and his ability to illuminate the path of salvation for believers. It is also a reminder that without Jesus, humanity is lost in darkness, unable to find its way.
The contrast between light and darkness is also used in the Bible to describe the struggle between good and evil. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus warns his followers to "beware the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees" (Matthew 16:6). Here, leaven represents evil or darkness, while the teachings of Jesus represent the light that can dispel it.
Similarly, the Apostle Paul urges the Ephesians to "walk as children of light...and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord" (Ephesians 5:8-10). This passage emphasizes the importance of living a life that reflects the goodness and love of God, and avoiding the darkness of sin and selfishness.
The Book of Revelation also uses light and darkness to describe the final battle between good and evil. In one passage, John describes the city of God, the New Jerusalem, as a place where "there will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light" (Revelation 22:5). This vision of a world without darkness is a powerful reminder that ultimately, good will triumph over evil and darkness will be banished forever. I’m looking forward to that day.
For Christians, the light of Jesus represents hope, salvation, and the promise of a better future. It is a reminder that no matter how dark the world or the season you’re in may seem, the light of God's love and grace can always shine through.
With Easter coming up this Sunday, I’d love to encourage you to welcome God’s light in. If you’re in the St. Louis area, you can sit with me at Church. I go to Grace Church in Maryland Heights and it’s such an inviting place!
HAPPY EASTER! He Is Risen!
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