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Night Lights

Matthew 5:14-16

We have seven night lights in our house. (No comments, please.) Night lights teach us a valuable lesson. Every time I get up in the middle of the night or before the sun, those night lights invariably provide more than enough light for me to see where I’m going. Not one time has the darkness of night overcome one of those night lights so that it could not show me the way.

I recall Dr. Del Tackett (The Truth Project) made the same observation. He noted that whenever the door of an unlighted closet was opened that the light in the hallway would always illuminate the closet. Never did the darkness of the closet blacken the hallway.

As is the case with so many things in the natural world, they reflect a spiritual truth. John wrote (John 1:1-5) about Jesus coming into the world that He was “the Light of men.” He went on: “The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” But the ESV as well as NAS and NKJ footnotes have “overcome” instead of comprehend which seems a better fit. Jesus shone into the darkness (evil) of the world and illuminated all of the wickedness and corruption. The radiance of His beautiful life with all its goodness and truth could not be overcome by the blackness of human sin.

Jesus’ life described to us in the gospels still stands as a beacon in the night of men’s evil. But Jesus has placed in the world today some other luminaries to stand against this present darkness and help show the way for those who are looking for their true home. His disciples are those “night lights.” (See our text.) What a glorious truth for the Christian to know! As you go about doing good and so reflecting the light of Christ, your life stands out against the darkness of the day and evils of the age. Your good deeds “cannot be hidden” by the evils of the world.

It often seems that there is so much evil in the world that the good is being overcome. Truth is: Christian light overcomes darkness - every time! Believe it. Keep on shining!

><>Jeff

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