For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel. —Luke 2:30-32

Light dispels darkness. Darkness cannot be in the presence of light nor can it overcome the light. Darkness can only exist when light is absent. Jesus is the Light of the World (John 8:12). Without Jesus the world and individual lives are darkness.

This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God. —John 3:19-21

People love darkness. You do not have to look very far to see this in our nation or anywhere in this fallen world. I mentioned this before, but during the 1990’s half of the 200,000 murders in the United States remain unresolved. That means there are 100,000 murderers still roaming the streets of America without being held accountable for their wicked deeds.

A fellow follower of Jesus just got back from Nigeria and told of the horrific atrocities that are taking place in that nation. The depths of evil that man can carry out on his fellow man can only be explained by Satan having them “captive to do his will” (II Timothy 2:26). Satan is the “evil one” (I John 3:12) driving those captive by him to do his wicked deeds.

Thank God that even though “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ” (II Corinthians 4:4-6).

Brothers and sisters let as shine as lights in this world (Philippians 2:15) and bring the light of His Word (Psalm 119:105) to them so they have the opportunity to be transferred from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light (Colossians 1:12-14; Acts 26:17-18). Yes, let us be faithful in this!

Dear Father, may I shine for You that others might glorify Your Name. May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.

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