Monday mentioned how encouraging light is; sunshine is good (even though we can’t take it in too directly). Tuesday mentioned how dark our hearts can be when we rebel against good. The goal in observing the obvious is to be aware of how real and significant goodness and evil are in our world and in us. Today the reflection is on what happens when evil/darkness confronts goodness/light. That, in one regard, is the story of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.
Luke 23:44-47 It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, (45) while the sun’s light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. (46) Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last. (47) Now when the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God, saying, “Certainly this man was innocent!”
The weight of evil fell in darkness over Jesus.
John 1:4-5 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. (5) The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
The power of life and light won. What does it mean? Personally it means my sins are paid for and there is life after guilt. But the illusion we fall into too often is thinking we live in vertical columns reaching up and down between us and God. We are interlocked with the world in which we live in ways we can barely even begin to think about (at least that is the sense I have of things right now). The creator participating in creation such that the rebellion of creation is crushed and the intent of creation is reset… that is the broader theme that is essential to the passion. My participation in the larger story is a witness to that story. I confess that Jesus is in fact LORD and that reality, including reflections on good/evil light/dark are ultimately directed back to him.