“I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me may not remain in darkness.” – John 12:46
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that.” This familiar quote comes from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and is one of many profound things said during his life.
Have you ever been in a situation where the darkness was so powerful that light could not overcome it? I remember touring a cave when all the lights were turned off. I couldn’t see a thing. I couldn’t even see my hand in front of my face! And then the guide simply lit a match – one match – and suddenly we could see throughout the cave. The darkness shrank back and allowed us to see, all because darkness cannot overcome even one little light.
Jesus refers to Himself as the Light of the world. In other words, Jesus is the embodiment of how to know God and live life. He brings clarity and direction to the confusion and uncertainty that comes in navigating this life.
Today, you might feel like your life is engulfed in darkness. You might feel lost and confused when it comes to dealing with work or financial pressures. A recent health diagnosis or relational conflict might feel like a darkness you just don’t know how to navigate on your own. What about your life’s purpose? No matter how dark life appears, Jesus wants to be the Light that lights the way through every challenge. Invite Christ into your life and that Light will be turned on. No matter how dark your life appears, with Jesus, life will begin to make sense. With the Light of the World in your life, you’ll be filled with hope and understanding.
Here’s more good news. When we do this, Jesus says we can be a light to others by pointing people who are in the dark to the light…the Light of Christ.