Indeed, you are my lamp, O Lord, the Lord lightens my darkness. 2 Samuel 22:29
Christ says, “I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in the darkness.” John 12:46
We were in a pit in the basement of Caiaphas’ palace; the place to which the soldiers had taken Jesus when he was arrested earlier that Thursday evening. There I read Psalm 88, and when I got to the words, “darkness is my only friend,” our guide (who had quietly gotten out of the area) turned off the lights. We were enveloped in total darkness. Silence. Darkness. It was a stunning and sobering experience. We all realized just a tiny bit of Jesus’ suffering in that moment.
But Jesus is the light of the world. A light no darkness can extinguish. How could this be? God lightens our dark moments. God welcomes us into the light of grace and truth. “In his light we see light,” says the psalmist (Psalm 36:9).
Had the light not gone out on Jesus 2000 years ago, however, we would be still locked in the darkness, estrangement, sin, and death. Jesus, the light of the world came, showing the light of God’s love and was snuffed out by those he came to save; the Father who sent him caused him to suffer and die. But Jesus died in perfect faith and overcame death and the grave. Darkness was pierced by the light of his righteousness, and he lives and reigns now from on high, enlightening the souls of all who believe in him.
The more I reflect on the power of faith the more it is clear to me that faith derives its power on the absolute faithfulness of God. Jesus is the light of the world, pure, true, faithful, and good. In his light we see light.