Over the centuries the Bible has been translated from its original language into most languages of the world. The English Bible translation comes in many different versions, one of the earliest being the King James Bible (KJB). This translation, performed by 47 scholars, was completed in 1611 under King James VI and I (hence the name “King James Bible”). In the first chapter of John’s gospel the New King James Bible reads in Verse 5:
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”
Other English versions translate: “the darkness did not overpower it” or “the darkness does not absorb it.”
Darkness has trouble seeing through light; light on the other hand sees through darkness. Picture yourself in a dark room, and suddenly someone shines a flashlight on you. Wouldn’t you be blinded by the light? Conversely, if you were the one holding the flashlight, you would most likely see what’s going on in that dark room.
Similarly, the spiritual Light of the world shines through the darkness, which means God can see through anything, and nobody can hide from Him. God’s understanding even penetrates the depths of hell. Using many word pictures, Psalm 139 describes God’s far-reaching radius (Psalm 139:7-12)
7 Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
8 If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
9 If I take the wings of the morning,
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 Even there Your hand shall lead me,
And Your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,”
Even the night shall be light about me;
12 Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You,
But the night shines as the day;
The darkness and the light are both alike to You.
Isn’t it hard to see Jesus in a dark and troubled world? I believe that’s why a lot of people didn’t recognize the Son of God when He was right in front of them, when He walked the streets of Jerusalem. And to this very day people have problems recognizing Jesus. Completely alienated from God’s point of view, who can understand the depths of God’s multi-layered love? That would be like gazing into a flashlight in a dark room: We just can’t wrap our heads around it. God’s love is hard to understand, but the good news is, we don’t need to understand His love to receive it.
Jesus, in fact, is reaching out to every single person on this planet; He comes in the disguise of a kid sharing his school lunch with someone who has no lunch; or the person asking the cashier to add the groceries of a destitute person next in line to his bill; or the musician who goes to nursing homes to serenade lonely people; or the person who calls to check on a friend he hasn’t seen in a while to find out he interrupted a suicide attempt and saved his life.
I believe in the life-changing effects of God’s powerful love. Touching one life at a time, His love will eventually revolutionize the entire world. In God’s own good time there will be a collective recognition of the Lord of lords, King of kings, Everlasting Father, Almighty God. All people will see the light. And that, my friend, will be an exceptional history-making day!
“Jesus in disguise, Jehovah passing by, the burden of a tear hanging in your eye, Jesus in disguise, a scar across the sky, you were looking for a king you would never recognize.” (Brandon Heath)