I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark. (John 12:46 NLT)
Relate: When it is really dark, things that could easily be seen with some light are hidden. The picture above shows a section of a field lit up with children’s flashlights from our church’s Easter egg hunt this spring. About 250 children searched for 7,000 candy and prize filled eggs in the dark. When the sun was shining, everywhere you looked there were eggs in plain sight. However, once it was dark, no one would have known to look in the field for those eggs without being told. They were simply hidden by the lack of light.
Searching in the dark becomes much easier when we have a light because it extinguishes the dark. I purpose that in many ways those without a saving knowledge of Jesus are searching in the dark. They are all looking for a purpose or an answer to the questions of why we are here. Life can be dark, and it can be hard to see how there could possibly be a God in the midst of our lives that wants to be near us. Jesus states that he is the light of the world. That is the message of the Bible. It is not a list of dos and don’ts. It is not a book of senseless stories for those who lack reason or analytical skills. It is the story of how the God of the universe sent us a light so that we could find him.
React: Because we have put our trust in Jesus, we no longer remain in the dark. We have the light, and we can let it shine so that those around us will also find their purpose. Like the children desiring Easter eggs, those who are searching for a purpose and answers to the questions of life need only to be pointed in the right direction and given a light. Man is most complete when he has relationship with God. Will you spread the light?
Dear God, thank you for sending Jesus to be our light. Thank you for defeating the darkness of the world. I pray that you would help us to shine your light for all the world to see. Amen.