John 1:9-10: “The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.”

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 could see what’s going on in the dark.

Similarly, the spiritual Light of the world shines through the darkness. God can see through anything; nothing is hidden from Him. God’s understanding penetrates the depths of hell.  Using many word pictures, Psalm 139 describes God’s far-reaching radius (Psalm 139:7-12):

Where can I go from your Spirit?
    Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
    if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
    if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
    your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
    and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
    the night will shine like the day,
    for darkness is as light to you.

Isn’t it hard to see Jesus in a dark and troubled world? A lot of people didn’t recognize the Son of God when He was right there, in plain view, walking the streets of Jerusalem. And who could blame them? Still today people have problems recognizing Jesus. It’s the same phenomenon as gazing into a flashlight while being trapped in the dark. And yet, the good news is that we don’t need to understand God’s love to receive it. All we need is an open heart, and we will see the Light.

“Whenever God shines his light on me
Opens up my eyes so I can see
When I look up in the darkest night
And I know everything’s going to be alright” Van Morrison

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