The words Light and Darkness appear through our Bible many times. Symbolically in scriptures light usually represents God’s glory and His holiness; where darkness represents sin, spiritual blindness, and separation from God. In many psalms David talks about the dark place of sin, he writes in Psalm 38 of his remorse for the sin of which he had committed, he tells of the dark and lonely place it left him in. However, after repentance David tells of his joy and gratitude to God for rescuing him from that place of sin. In John 3, John talks about how “the world loved the darkness and the sin rather than the light because their works were evil”. But even though our world has forsaken the Light we are given the hope in John 1:5 that, “The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has and will not overcome it.” In Matthew 17: 1-13, Matthew tells his testimony of the transfiguration. He informs his listeners of the glorious light which shown upon Jesus, “and His face shown like the sun and His cloths became white as light.” (Matt. 17:2)
John 8:12 tells us that Jesus is the “Light of the world, whoever follows Him will not walk in darkness, but will have the Light of Life.” We must fulfill the command which Jesus gave to us in Matthew 5 where Jesus teaches us the we are the light to this dark world and we are to “Let our light so shine before men, that they may see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven.”
Today we live in a world that has forsaken God and has embraced the darkness. They are the people who Jesus told us about in John 3:19, but we have the hope that Jesus is on our side and His Light will never burn out, He is the same Yesterday, Today, and Forever. So be encouraged to go out and let your light shine and make a difference in this dark world!