The Light Shines in the Darkness

As I’m working on my Blue Christmas devotion/sermon, I am reminded of something awesome about darkness and light.  No amount of darkness can overcome a single light.  The ironic thing is the darker it is, the brighter a little light appears.  That being the case, how bright is the source of all light, the Light of the World – Jesus, in the midst of this dark world?

John 1:5 says, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”  The Light John is talking about is Jesus.  In his sermon this week, Pastor Adam Hamilton said something like this (with my spin on it):

Last Friday Satan and evil laughed because they thought they had the upper hand by what happened in Connecticut.  But what frustrates the devil and what is absolutely true is that out of the darkness comes light.  Every time something horrible happens and Satan celebrates, God turns the tables and brings something good out of it.

In our lives, God wants to do the same thing.  And when the Light of Jesus overcomes the darkness in our lives, which it does by His grace, Jesus then says to us, “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.

The darkness cannot overcome the light.  It’s impossible.  And if a single candle can overcome the darkest dark, how bright can we shine when we allow the light of Christ to shine through us?

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