In Darkness, Light Dawns!

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I don’t know about you, but I love the way God uses His creation to point to and proclaim Jesus. Not only does God use creation to point to Jesus, but also to reveal that creation was made by Him and for Him and thus to display and give evidence of Jesus’ power over creation. (Col. 1:16) Light and darkness are natural phenomena God created to display day and night at creation. God also uses light and darkness metaphorically and gives them theological significance throughout His word.

In the Old Testament darkness represents judgment and distress, such as in Exodus 10:21 when the plaque of darkness fell on the Egyptians. God also used darkness to associate His displeasure with His chosen people in 1 Samuel 2:9 and Psalm 91:6. God even used “black clouds and deep darkness” to mask himself from man in Deuteronomy 4:11. However, nothing is hidden from God. Psalm 139 proclaims that “even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.” This is good news for us because it means that God can intervene in any and every situation. He is able to act for his people, even to penetrate the darkness. No one is beyond His reach.

The light represented in the Old Testament, likewise, has several meanings. God accompanied His people through the wilderness in a fiery pillar “to give them light.” God, himself, is called “my light and my salvation” in Psalm 27:1. Because God is light and there is no darkness in Him, not even a shadow, it is only in relationship with Him that our life is illuminated as expressed in Psalm 36:9, “in His light we see light.” Please let this sink in. Because God is pure light, our relationship with Him illuminates every area of darkness in our own life. His light also exposes shadows cast by unknowing sins in our life and illuminates those areas to us. This is reason for praise! His light not only exposes the darkness, his light illuminates areas in us that may not necessarily be darkness but that He desires to illuminate more fully or to turn an area into a strength that was once a weakness in our flesh. Oh, the power of God to make the impossible possible! The most life-changing and life-giving prophesy of light comes from Isaiah when he prophesied the true light, the Messiah, coming to the world “the people walking in darkness will see a great light.” Isaiah 9:2.

In the New Testament “light” and “darkness” take on expanded and powerful images. Darkness takes on the moral metaphor of sinful acts and lifestyle. However, darkness is even more than that, it is an evil power that holds people in bondage and in its dominion (Col. 1:13). Jesus is the light of the world, which signifies both holiness and illumination. He is without spot or blemish, completely holy. It is only through the life-giving and light-providing power of Jesus that the dominion of darkness is pierced to its core. This is why Jesus is the only Way, the only Truth, and the only Life. It is only by His shed blood that anyone is set free from the dominion of darkness, so that “out of darkness into his wonderful light.” (1 Peter 2:9), His life becomes our life, His truth becomes our truth, and His way becomes our way.

When Jesus came into the world, born in Bethlehem, God’s plan was for him to be born at night in order to display and proclaim the “darkness” of humanity. Thus, God placed the “star in the east” which shown brightly to point the way to God’s true light of the world. God said “Let there be light.” and the true light, born of a virgin, in human flesh, Immanuel meaning God with us, was born and given to the world.

Likewise, when Christ died on the cross, God’s plan was for him to die during the day and have darkness descend for three hours during the day. Luke 23:44-45a, tells of this phenomena, “It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour, for the sun stopped shining.” God used the darkness to display and proclaim to the world that the true “light of the world” was being taken out of the world. Jesus said, “While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

In John 8:12b, Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” The “light of life” he gives is eternal life to all who believe on His name. Now that Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father, God’s will is for those who believe on His name to be the “light of the world.” Those who have been delivered from the dominion of darkness to light are to reckon themselves to live “as children of light” (Eph. 5:8). The fruit of the light is “all goodness, righteousness, and truth” and having nothing to do with the “fruitless deeds of darkness” (Eph. 5:9). This means bringing His life to the forefront by dying to self daily and surrendering to Him and being filled to overflowing with the Holy Spirit.

If you are a child of God, “walk in the light as He is in the light.” This does not mean living a sinless life. To walk in the light is to accept and agree with God’s verdict on your actions and to receive His forgiveness by coming to Him and confessing your sins and being cleansed through His shed blood. So, beloved, I implore you to walk in the light and by that you will give glory to God, in thankfulness and praise by “letting your light shine before men. “ If you do not know Him personally, I beseech you to come to Him and receive the true light of life.

Author Bio I am a wife, mother, sister, friend, Bible teacher, writer, designer, artist. A wretch ransomed, “brought me (us) into the kingdom of the Son He loves.” Colossians 1:13. With God’s help, running the race to pursue the Lord with resolute abandon. His love makes my heart thrive. Pressing on to honor Him with obedience, worship Him in the splendor of His holiness, and love Him with all my heart, soul, and strength. Humbly amazed that He loves me and pressing on to be faithful to Him. “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” Philippians 3:12

My desire through writing and speaking is to proclaim the truth of the gospel and teach in such a way as to encourage a deeper walk and intimacy with Christ. Expressing the truths of the gospel so that our hope doesn’t rest on our efforts to change but in the unchanging beauty of the One who is and remains our only hope for a life transformed. A passion to unveil and bring into clear view the beautiful Redeemer and Restorer of life, the only truth, Jesus Christ. Follow me on the web at http://jacquelynwoolard.com