Are you afraid of the dark? Nightlights have been around for as long as history has been recorded; before electricity people would regularly use candles or oil lamps to illuminate their homes. Burning candles by the bedside was dangerous, and yet people were still willing to risk it. It’s interesting to me that fear of the dark has been around for as long as people have lived and that people will do almost anything to bring light to their nights.
Scripture makes it pretty clear that Jesus isn’t afraid of the dark. “Jesus said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life’” (John 8:12). And we are also told this about Jesus: “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:5). This means that not only is Jesus not afraid of the dark, but He has overtaken it! Clearly, we aren’t just talking about physical darkness anymore but about spiritual and emotional darkness, too.
Jesus isn’t afraid of the dark. He is not scared of the top-secret places in our hearts, the things that we don’t say out loud or even fully admit to ourselves, the issues and situations that haven’t seen daylight for years.
Jesus isn’t afraid of the dark. He is not running scared from the tragedies in our lives. He is not backing away from our brokenness and bitterness. He is not intimidated by the monsters under our beds or inside our minds.
Jesus isn’t afraid of the dark. He is not avoiding the struggles or the addictions. He is not waving His hands in surrender to the enemies of our souls. He is not saying, “This is too much for me.”
Jesus isn’t afraid of the dark. He is not afraid to step right into it. Not afraid to even dwell in the middle of it. Because He is light and in Him there is no darkness at all. This means darkness can surround Him and He cannot be defeated or diminished by it!
Jesus isn’t afraid of the dark. In the beginning He simply spoke words into the darkness and said, “Let there be light.” Then He came as a baby into a midnight world and announced His arrival with a shining star. Jesus then conquered death and the darkness of sin, making a way into the brightness for all of us.
Jesus isn’t afraid of the dark. This means we don’t ever have to be either! Even when we can’t feel Him, through the longest night, right in the thick of it—He is always there. He can still dwell in thick darkness. In fact, we are told in Exodus that “Moses approached the thick darkness where God was” (Exodus 20:21).
May we also be willing to approach the darkness knowing that Jesus awaits, shining a light that cannot be overcome.