A few weeks ago I attended our local crisis pregnancy center’s fundraising banquet. As I listened to the speaker share her powerful story and passion for the pro-life movement, one phrase stuck with me.
Life is light.
Later as I mulled over these three little words, the powerful meaning behind them struck me.
The light begins at conception. It starts to glow as each cell knits itself together, and shines a little brighter as they transform into tiny, yet perfect, fingers and toes, and forms a little set of lungs and powerful beating heart. It’s revealed through the mommy’s radiant face and swollen tummy, and the awe in her eyes when she feels that first strong kick.
And then that little light of life is born into a dark world. A place where true light is rare and smothered and darkness seems often to win. A place where the purity of innocence is crushed and the depravity of sin triumphs. A place where hurt is deep and heartbreak painful.
Even the brightness of new life can’t overthrow that blackness.
Enter the Greater Light. The only One who can take on the darkness and win.
This Light came into the world the same way—as a baby. But it came from Heaven as God made flesh and righteousness personified. This baby’s cry was the sound of love. The sound of hope, redemption, forgiveness. This Light’s name was Wonderful, Counselor, Almighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace—Jesus.
With that one name, the drought of hopelessness broke. The darkness trembled—the Light had come.
And He lived for 33 years. Until one day, He submitted to a cross made of wood, and the light in people’s souls was doused as they pierced Holy flesh with nails of iron. There on that cross with a cry of “It is finished!” the darkness seemed to win, as the purest, brightest Light of all time gave way to the darkness.
Until…three days later, the Light returned in blinding, brilliant, glorious brightness. Death conquered, darkness crushed, hope and forgiveness purchased as a gift for all who believe.
And the light, oh the light, given freely to all who loved it, replaced the fragile, flickering light of our humanity, with the never-ending light of eternal life.
Because eternal life…is light.
This glorious, circuitous cycle continues, breathing new life into many. It lives on in us, revealing our weaknesses and transforming them into the purity of Jesus.
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And His commission to us continues.
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden…let your light so shine before men…” (Matthew 5:13-16)
We have the light, my brothers and sisters.
Darkness was fought and conquered so light might be ours and so we might share it with the world that needs it so desperately. Every person you meet is crying out for love, hope, and light. The light in our hearts.
Life is indeed light and you only get one chance to shine.
I challenge you today, to go out into the dark world and share the light in your souls. It was bought at a price greater than we can fathom. Light is precious and rare.
So, Christian, go out and live like it.
Sara Barratt is a youth leader, writer, avid reader, chocolate lover, and “I Love Lucy” fan. Her passion is exhorting teens to wholeheartedly use their lives for Christ, and daily fall more in love with Him. A regular contributor for The Rebelution, Sara has been published on numerous other blogs including Lies Young Women Believe, Know Your Value and The Overflow. Connect with her on Facebook.