I was born in Fairbanks, Alaska. During the dead of winter, there are several weeks where the sun skims the horizon for a mere four hours a day.[i] If you move north to the Arctic Circle, there are days with no sunlight at all.
Can you imagine a world without light? A world where you can’t see your hand in front of your face?
A world without light is a world of terror and fear. It is a world where nothing is revealed and everything is hidden.
Jesus tells us that the world was dark before he came into it. In John 8:12 he tells us that he is the light of the world. Without Jesus the world is utter blackness.
And we are made to be the light. But before we can become the light, we need to have the light illuminate any darkness in us.
In Luke 8, Jesus talks about the lamp that comes into our lives: “No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light. For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light.”[ii]
This passage is usually misunderstood.