Shedding Light in the Darkness

And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”—John 1:5 (NKJV)

As John begins his Gospel narrative of Christ’s life, he establishes an essential truth in understanding man’s relationship to God. He uses light and darkness to describe the spiritual contrast between God and man. God the Son, Jesus, is described as the light. Mankind is described as the darkness, which didn’t comprehend Jesus when He came.

Why is this so important? It shows us that we come into this life fundamentally flawed, blind to the things of God by virtue of our belonging to a fallen and sinful race. We don’t “see” spiritually by nature. We require illumination from outside ourselves. We need the light to come and shine amidst our spiritual darkness in order to comprehend the things of God.

That’s critical to understand, because if we’re blind to spiritual realities, it will eventually affect every other aspect of our lives. Jesus alluded to this in the following passage from His Sermon on the Mount: “If your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness” Matthew 6:23 (NKJV)!

If our spiritual sight is bad, if we can’t see the things of the spiritual life, then the rest of our body, our being, will dwell in darkness. When this one area of life is “off,” the rest of us will be “off” as well. 

Can you start to see the seriousness of spiritual darkness? Just as a rudder of a ship will direct the course of the rest of the ship and everyone on it, a person’s spiritual sight (or lack thereof) will eventually determine their destiny. And as we’ve already seen, every one of us starts out in darkness, blind to the things of God. Again, this is serious, which is why Jesus specifically warns about it.

But remember what happened. The light, Jesus, came into the darkness and shined. Even though the dark hearts of humanity didn’t understand the significance of this at the time, it didn’t stop the Light of the World from coming and eventually brining spiritual illumination to those wanting to see it. 

For those of us who’ve seen, our lives are to be spent pointing others to the Light that shines and saves from spiritual darkness.

DIG: What important truth does John establish in his Gospel?

DISCOVER: Why is spiritual darkness so serious?

DISPLAY: Who, in your sphere, needs to see the light and how can you help them? Think of ways you can shine His light into their lives and commit to doing so this week.

About the Author

Pastor Dan Hickling

Pastor Dan Hickling serves our online community, also known as the Calvary Chapel Online Campus. He and his wife Becky have been married for 22 years and have two children, Lauren and Danny. Both Dan and Becky have been part of the CCFL church family for 22 years and have served in full time ministry for 20 of those years.