“The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.”
John 1:4-5, NLT
From the cross.
To the resurrection.
He has overcome the darkness.
C.S. Lewis once said, "Seeds grow in dark places." Considering they grow underground, this is a very true statement. But more than that, it is a metaphor for the growth that can stem from a deep, dark place. Life is created despite any physical or metaphorical darkness. Nothing could be more true, especially when it comes to the cross. It was a dark, dark day when they crucified Jesus. There was nothing pretty about the scene. As you read about it in the gospels the scene sets itself up like a movie script. Lies, false accusations, fear, hate, insecurity, jealousy, falsities and human depravity are all present in the deepest level. They took an innocent man, who was guilty of the miraculous, guilty of supernatural love, guilty of kindness...and nailed him on top of two planks of wood. Despite the darkness though, light was just about to grow.
Things haven't changed much since that day. There is a deep canyon of sin that stands between us and Jesus. We can point out the depravity in those who crucified Christ but we must be honest enough to look at our own depravity. Even on my best day I am still full of...me. If I'm honest I can see the hate, the jealousies, the need to satisfy myself. That is the beauty of this seed, this seed of light. Christ died on the cross to overcome all of that filth so my soul could live in the light! Christ died so that even amidst the dark places, new life might sprout. Christ brings light to the darkness. This is not a light manufactured by me, but the purest light you have ever seen. Out of this dark place my shame, my debt, and my sin have been exposed; instead of receiving the repercussions of it through Christ, I have been redeemed by this powerful seed of light.
The canyon between God and me is filled with the love and mercy of what Christ has done in his life, death, and resurrection. And this light, this seed of light, grows in my heart, overcoming the darkest part of my soul. It reaches all of the broken parts of me. Warmth is brought to my cold heart.
"Even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you," (Psalm 139:12, NIV). Jesus Christ has no fear of our depravity; he is unafraid of the darkness within humanity. The darkness is as light to Him, and he sees clearly all that is hidden.
So we must rejoice that our darkest places are not dark to Him. Because He overcame through the cross! He was unafraid of the brutality of the Roman Empire and knew that the darkness He would encounter would give way to a light brighter than all else.
Take a few moments today to allow the light of Christ into the darkest, broken of places in your heart. His light can make you whole.
Devotional written by Mark A. Rempel. Graphics designed by Isaac Taleno.