It was early on January 1st when I read a text from a friend who had gone through her darkest day on New Year’s Eve. She told me her husband was asleep, all the lights were off, and she was waiting for the sun.
A little while later while sitting at my table with my Bible in front of me, a shard of sunshine sliced across the pages in front of me. I thought of her words as I read Genesis 1, “Let there be light.” The first words He spoke. The first thing He created. Light.
Coming out of the season of Advent, I remembered a verse I had written in my journal from 2 Timothy 1:10, “And which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.” Immortality to light–that’s the good news of the gospel. That’s the hope for every person on their darkest day. Our Savior Christ Jesus brings immortality to light.
“The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world” (John 1:9).
“For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6-7).
“Because of the tender mercy of our God, whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace” (Luke 1:78-79).
In the first chapter of the Bible, God spoke, “Let there be light.” And in the last chapter of the Bible John wrote, “And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever” (Revelation 22:5).
For those who are in a dark day or walking with someone through a valley, you have a Savior Jesus Christ who has conquered death and darkness once and for all. He is the Light on our darkest days, and our dark days are numbered because the Light will return and night will be no more.