Dispelling Darkness

Verlyn Verbrugge

READ : John 1:1-9

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (v. 5 TNIV)

Have you ever visited Mammoth Cave in Kentucky? On several of the tours, the guides will sit you down and turn off the lights. At that moment you will experience true darkness; you can see absolutely nothing—not even your hand in front of your face.

Then the lights are turned back on, and you breathe a sigh of relief. Why? Because the light dispels the darkness. In our ordinary experience, darkness never overcomes light. Rather, light always dispels darkness.

Sin in the Bible is compared to darkness. “Those who hate a fellow believer are in the darkness and walk around in the darkness,” writes the apostle John (1 John 2:11 tniv). And Paul warns us to “have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness” (Ephesians 5:11). But Jesus is “the light of the world” (John 8:12; 9:5)—and light always dispels darkness.

Do you feel as if you are stumbling around in the darkness? Then come to Jesus as the light and receive light.

In him was life, and that life was the light of all people. (John 1:4 TNIV)

The light dispelling darkness is another Bible picture for Christ’s work.


Dear Light of the world, come into my heart and overcome the darkness.