I know our world seems dark. Terrorism, abortion, racial division, an ever-changing economy, rogue nations with nuclear capabilities, perverse media, legalization of drugs…
Yeah, I know. This is supposed to be a positive, uplifting, encouraging blog. So why all the gloom and doom? All I can say is… give me a chance.
It’s far too easy as we read the accounts of Jesus coming to earth as a baby to think that the world He was born into was so gentler, more morally upright, easier to live in. But that would be a misconception.
The world Jesus was born into was full of hyper-sexuality, world powers trying to maintain control over the nations they conquered through brutality, bribes, political deals done in the dark of night. At both the beginning and the end of His life here on earth, leaders were trying to kill Jesus to save their own positions of leadership. People abused addictive substances. The world at the time of Christ’s birth was every bit as dark as ours is today.
We Need Light
It’s precisely because the world was dark that God sent His only Son to be a light. John 1:5 says, “The light shines in darkness and the darkness can never extinguish it.”
I love that! There is no way that darkness ever wins when light is present. Light always wins. And since Jesus is the light of the world, then we can rest assure that… though things may look dark around us… that darkness cannot overcome us because we have the light of the world living in us.
Where our house is situated, there are a lot of Woods around. Lots of trees and only a few street lights. And because our house sits back off the road, it’s quite dark at night. When we know we’ll be getting home at night, we have to turn some outside lights on and use the flashlight on one of our phones to get from the carport into front door of the house.
But at Christmas time, it’s quite a different story. Lining the edge of the roof all along the front of our house are five strands of multi-color Christmas lights with C-9 size bulbs. I could probably park without using headlights when those bad boys are lit up. Add to that the glow from other Christmas decorations with lights, and you can see everything clearly.
There is no amount of darkness that can make it darker when those lights are burning. As long as the lights are up there and illuminated, there is a sense of safety and warmth.
And as long as Jesus is present in our lives, regardless of how dark the world around us gets, it cannot put the light out.
So, every time you see those Christmas lights this season, remember… no matter how bad things look right now, if you invite Jesus into the situation, He always drives the darkness away!
One last reminder… For those of us who say Jesus lives in us, we must keep at the forefront of our hearts and minds that we are His light extended to the dark places of others’ lives. So let’s shine brightly!