“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 vs 4
If you were asked to describe Jesus in one word, what would you say?
I would say ‘Love’ without a moment’s hesitation.
Everything Jesus did whilst on earth was out of Love – for us, His disciples, His father, and even for those that persecuted him. Every word and act was as a result of his desire for our present and future well-being.
But it’s the fifth verse of John chapter one that I want to dwell on today.
‘The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.’
In truth I often wonder how accurate this particular verse is in today’s world. After-all we live in an age wherein evil acts of terrorism are committed across the world on a daily basis – children, mothers, parents – mercilessly slaughtered in the name of a so-called Jihad.
An age wherein money has become the be all and end all for most societies – judged by what you wear, where you live, what you drive, and how much you have in your bank account.
Thieves and murderers are lauded for their riches on a daily basis, implying the distinct irrelevance of how wealth is gained.
This is an age in which decadence has become the norm for those that can afford it, and an envious desire for the many that can’t. A world wherein people no longer marry for love but for status and financial security. An age in which we judge ourselves not according to who God created us to be, but by what society perceives or expects us to be.
So once again I ask myself this question.
“Are we sure the darkness has not overcome the Light?”
And no sooner has the question surfaced and I’m reminded of a time in which people were beheaded simply because the rich desired it; when people were stoned to death in the name of righteousness; and murderers set free simply because of a rabble’s desire to persecute love and truth.
Did the light ever overcome the darkness??
Maybe the problem is that one is looking in all the wrong places. For just as the Jews were expecting Jesus to be some sort of warring general, maybe we’re looking for huge and valiant acts of Love / Light from great swathes of people – to be beamed on CNN for all to see. And therein lies the route of the problem.
“Love does not boast, it is not proud.”
1st Corinthians vs 4
The Light of the world is in your heart – a Light of Love to guide you in your conversations and actions. A light of love that leads you to do the most amazing things – out of an unimaginable love for your neighbour. It is not a Light that seeks attention, plaudits, or glory; but one that shows love and kindness to others in the most simple and yet wonderful ways.
So what exactly am I saying? Lol
Every time an individual sacrifices his/ her time or personal belongings for the sake of someone in need is an example of Light overcoming darkness. The kindness and love you show your neighbour is a demonstration of Light overcoming darkness.
I was moved by the story of the gentleman who sacrificed his own race for the sake of helping a stranger to complete yesterday’s London marathon. Regardless of what faith or creed this gentleman is, his action was a wonderful demonstration of putting others before self – Light overcoming darkness.
The light of the world isn’t demonstrated by how much you’ve been blessed. Neither is it portrayed by position or status. It is those seemingly insignificant everyday actions of love and sacrifice for others that aptly convey the fact that Light Will Always Overcome Darkness.