advent: light of life

“The nights were the worst. It then became pitch-dark — not what you call pitch-dark, but really pitch: so black that you could really see nothing.” (The Hobbit, 131)

What is it about the darkness that gives us the heebie-jeebies?

The dark can be stifling. It can be oppressive. It can remove your bearings, your sense of direction and of purpose. It can take things you know to be true and twist them into uncertainty. Yes, the nights are the worst.

But with a single ray, a glimmer or a flame, darkness is immediately eradicated by the smallest source of light. Darkness ceases to exist.

One of my favorite things about Florida was watching the sun rise each morning. It was like a tangerine blade sliced across a black curtain, until the pitch black faded to blue and then completely out of view. Incredible.

Think about it: The first thing God created was light.

Now I’m sure there’s a great theological discussion to be had about the goodness of the darkness before The Fall, but for the sake of time let’s table that. Regardless, we live in a fallen state. The darkness of sin and of rebellion enshrouds us. The condition of our heart is dark. And God knows that.

So isn’t it incredibly amazing to think that God sent Jesus to take on flesh and step into this world to be our light?

This advent season, I want to dwell on Jesus’ birth, life, death and resurrection. Only he has eradicated the darkness and brought light to my soul. Am I letting it shine?

“God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.” (Gen 1:4)

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:1-5)

And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.” (2 Peter 1:19)

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