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Light in the Darkness

Rev. Charles Oppong-Poku | June 28, 2024 | John 12:44-46


"I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness." John 12:46 (NIV)



At one time or another, most of us have been trapped in a darkened room and could not see anything until our eyes adjusted. Then, if we see some light, no matter how faint or far away it is, we begin to move toward the light. In this passage from John, Jesus makes a powerful proclamation about His identity and purpose. He emphasizes that belief in Him is synonymous with belief in God the Father. Jesus is not merely a representative; He is the visible image of the invisible God. His mission is clear: to bring light into a world shrouded in darkness, offering an escape for all who believe in Him.


Darkness in this context symbolizes ignorance, sin, and separation from God. It represents the confusion and fear that characterize a life apart from His truth. Jesus, the light of the world, pierces through this darkness, bringing clarity, hope, and guidance. By placing our faith in Him, we are transferred from a realm of darkness into His marvellous light. This transition is transformative. It means moving from despair to hope, confusion to understanding, and death to life. Jesus' light reveals our true identity as beloved children of God and directs our steps according to His will. It dispels the shadows of fear and sin, illuminating the path of righteousness and peace.


Reflect on how Jesus has illuminated areas of darkness in your life and led you to greater understanding and peace. Consider how you might still be holding onto aspects of darkness, and invite Jesus to shine His light into those areas. Seek to be a light in the lives of others, guiding them towards the hope and truth found in Jesus.


Father, give me the courage to stand up and confess my faith in Jesus with graciousness. I truly believe that you sent Jesus to die for my sins and give me power over sin and death. Regardless of other people's acceptance or rejection of me because of my faith, please help me live that faith before the people with whom I interact. In Jesus' name. Amen.





DAILY word study: DARKNESS

 The Greek word for "darkness" is "σκοτία" (skotia). It refers to literal darkness, ignorance, spiritual blindness, and the absence of divine truth and moral light. In John 12:46, "darkness" symbolizes spiritual ignorance and moral corruption. Jesus, as the light, dispels this darkness, emphasizing the transformative power of His presence. This theme of light versus darkness is central to John's Gospel, illustrating the contrast between living in God's truth and being ensnared by sin and unbelief. Reflections Consider how Jesus as the "light of the world" impacts your life. Are there areas of darkness—ignorance, sin, or fear—that need His illuminating presence? How can you actively seek and live in His light daily?

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