We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won’t need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don’t fire cannons to call attention to their shining – they just shine.
Dwight L. Moody
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone.
The darkest place I’ve ever been in was in one of the caves of Mammoth Cave National Park.
My family visited the park on one of our family vacations when I was 10 or 11 years-old. We walked quite a ways down into the cave. The guide had us all stop and warned us he was going to shut off the lights.
He also warned us to not move when the lights went out. In a cave with deep crevices and pits, it could be deadly walking around in the dark!
When he turned off the lights, it was completely dark. There was absolutely no light whatsoever.
I’m not sure people can actually experience something like this today. At the very least, even deep under ground with no possibility of any sunlight reaching them, a person most likely has a cell phone with them that can illuminate the darkness.
But back then there were no cell phones. We were in complete and utter darkness for about a minute, maybe less.
It was so dark you could feel it!
When the guide turned the lights back on, it was blinding at first. But also very much welcomed.
The prophet Isaiah pictures a people lost in sin as walking in darkness. It is just as dangerous to walk in the darkness of sin as it is to walk in the darkness of a cave.
Walking in the darkness of sin can only lead to everlasting death. Yet, that is exactly what we are doing – walking in the darkness of sin – from the moment we are conceived.
The Bible says, “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me” (Psalm 51:5).
But this is how much God loves us: he shed his light upon us who were walking in darkness!
This light is his Son, Jesus Christ.
Jesus is called “the Light of the world.” He brings the light of the Gospel to all people. He brings salvation and healing.
He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary to save all of us who were brought forth in iniquity and conceived in sin.
We no longer need to walk in the darkness of sin. Jesus forgives our sins and gives us his righteousness.
There are still people who are relying on their own light source, however. But like a cell phone in the deep darkness of a cave, their own source of light will be feeble and will not last.
We who have the light of Christ shining on us can have the light of Christ shining through us to people still walking in darkness.
I invite you – and encourage you who have the light of Christ shining on you – to reflect that light to a person still walking darkness today.
Heavenly Father, thank you for shining the light of Christ on me when I was walking in darkness. I pray that I will reflect the light of Christ to someone walking in darkness today. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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