This is the message that we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

1 John 1: 5

 

Sadly, there is darkness all around us in this life. It creeps into the room like a fog and fills our surroundings with gloom as it seems to absorb all of the visual space. Some of the time it is just present. I get the sense that it dwells in a location or in its people as if it were their true identity. When I started off by saying that the presence of darkness was sad, I was stating my own perspective, for not everyone attempts to avoid those darkened places. Some people are drawn to the dark with its power and its concealment.

 

Christ changes all of this. He brought the light of God’s presence into the darkness of human souls. He also carried, as His own nature, the glory of God’s righteousness from Heaven to touch Creation with the hand of restoration. The darkness of sin fractures. It tears apart the structures of this world and attempts to break the bond that the true word of God established to hold all together. That evil cloud enshrouds people’s hearts and minds, and as it does so, it fractures relationships with God and among people.

 

This light that Christ brings, He also imparts to the people who follow Him. As the Holy Spirit dwells in us, His presence transfuses our entire being with God’s holy light. The brightness of Christ’s love, grace, and righteousness is something that should not be concealed or suppressed. By nature, it wants to pour out into the world. It desires to shout forth with songs of praise and worship to God. As we engage with God’s calling to proclaim His Christ as Lord and Savior, we can do so with like-minded intent and purpose. The light of Christ’s presence is designed to restore people to relationship with God and with each other, and our proclamation of Christ can bring about that same result.