In him there was life, and that life was the light of men. And the light shines in darkness, a darkness which was not able to master it. (Jn 1:5-6 KNOX)
You can’t turn God’s light off.
You can cover it up. You can close your eyes and pretend it’s not there. You can even change rooms and walk around in the dark if you want to. (Mt 5:15;Mk 4:21;Lk 8:16;Lk 11:33;Jn 3:19;Jn 8:12;Rm 3:12)
But no amount of effort on your part will put the Light out. The devil tried more than once, but the Light only became brighter.
He wanted to kill infant Jesus, but God sent Mary and Joseph into Egypt. (Mt 2:19-21)
He wanted to toss Jesus off a cliff at the hands of irate men, but Jesus walked right through them like they weren’t there. (Lk 4:30)
He couldn’t, in fact, touch Jesus until the Savior surrendered Himself, and even then, even after the nails, the beatings, the crown of thorns. Even after a sword pierced His side and His body was wrapped and placed in a tomb, even after He wasn’t moving, His heart wasn’t beating, His flesh was cold, blue, stiff – even then, the Light kept shining. (Jn 10:15,17)
Unquenchable, unchangeable, unstoppable. Unsatisfied with darkness. Unhappy with the state of things, the Light changed them, it breathed Life and next thing anyone knew, there’s Jesus again, only better.
Jesus, the Enhanced Version.
Stronger than disease, illness, deformity, or mental distress.
Greater than fear or dread or guilt or regret.
Able to clean souls with a single word.
Passing out forgiveness to anyone who’ll ask and believe for it.
But He didn’t stop there. He shared that power with us, those who didn’t deserve it. He said, “You go and do what I did … and do greater things!” (Jn 14:12)
Greater than raising Lazarus from the dead?
Greater than walking on water? Healing the lame? Cleansing a leper?
Greater than taking on the worst of the worst of the worst of mankind and exchanging your life for theirs?
We’re not living up to our full potential, folks. We’re settling for half-baked, half-best, half-as-good lives, worrying about the news, the government, the food supply when the God we serve already took care of all that. He was there at the beginning, and He planned the ending.
No namby-pamby ending either. Oh, no. He’s going to do it right, come back in spectacular style and every eye’s going to see him and know. (Rev 1:7)
Suzanne D. Williams