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21st June 2023

Darkness & Light

I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness,

but have the light of life. John 8:12

The theme of light versus darkness is fundamental to John’s Gospel account and is also prominent in his letters. In 1 John 1:5, we are reminded that God Himself is light. Thus, it follows that those who put their faith in Christ are seen as “children of light” (John 12:35–36).

Sometimes, when the world around us seems to hold only darkness and despair, it is easy to give in to the darkness of despair. But then the Spirit, who lives inside believers in Christ (John 14:17), reminds us that Jesus died for that brokenness and pain. When He came into the world as a human, He brought light into the darkness (1:4–5; 8:12). We see this in His conversation with Nicodemus, who furtively came to Jesus in the cover of darkness but left impacted by the Light (3:1–2; 19:38–40).

The Lord Jesus taught Nicodemus that “God so loved the world that he gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (3:16).

Yet, even though Jesus brought light and love into the world, many remain lost in the darkness of their sin (v 19–20). If we are His followers, we have the light that dispels darkness. In gratitude, let us pray that God will make us beacons of His love (Matthew 5:14–16).

Bible Reading

John 3:1–2, 16–20.


Thank You, my Lord and God, for coming to save me from the darkness of sin and despair. Help me to remain in Your light. In Christ's name, I pray. Amen.



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