The darkness did not overcome it.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. -John 1:1-5 NRSV

I have heard darkness described as the absence of light. I wonder what it was like before the creation of light? It is hard to imagine an existence devoid of light. Yet many who are born blind certainly understand what it is like. Interesting to note that the absence of light is not the absence of matter - things exist even in the darkness of life.

With that backdrop I find it interesting to ponder the beginning and the end of all things. In these verses John speaks of everything coming into being through Christ - he first brought light into the world. And, interestingly, he is the one who is written of as the source of light in the New Jerusalem. Yet man witnessed a different kind of light at the birth of Jesus.

How hopeful it is to know that darkness will not have the last word. Shine upon us Lord today.

... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on the Gospel of John..

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