I’ll share with you something that I love about the Bible. It’s something that I didn’t know when I was just a church-going Christian following in my parents’ faith. At that time I went to church but didn’t read the Bible for myself. But when my faith became real and I read book by book through the Bible, I saw something I hadn’t expected: God is unflinching in His depiction of suffering, human nature, sin, and evil. Though I want to live a good life and focus my attention on the joys and the beauty in the world, I am thankful that God tells us plainly that He knows the evil and darkness that exist.
There’s no denying that there is great evil in the world, and there are times (especially if I’m reading the news!) that I wonder if any of this can ever be put right again. That’s why I’m so grateful that the Bible doesn’t gloss over the mess! He sees and He knows all that is wrong in the world.
Our passage today from John 1:5 says “That light shines in the darkness, and yet the darkness did not overcome it.” John often refers to Jesus as “the light” throughout his gospel, so in today’s reading we see a promise that we can cling to when the darkness seems overpowering. The darkness is there, but it did not overcome Jesus and it cannot overcome Jesus. The light and grace of Jesus Christ are powerful enough to save us. There is no situation too dark that the light of Jesus cannot enter in and bring salvation.
Later in John’s Gospel we see another promise: “I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12) Even in the midst of darkness, I hope that today you can cling to His promises, follow Him, and live in His light.