John 1: 4-5, What is darkness?
Digging deeper, what else does the bible say about light and darkness?
To learn more about a subject in the Bible it is helpful to look up other passages about your subject. I used the Thompson's Chain Reference Bible to find more passages about light and darkness. Please use these verses to deepen your personal study.
Light - Isaiah 9:2; 42:6,7; Matthew 4:16; Luke 1:79; John 8:12; 12:35,36; Romans 13:12;
2 Corinthians 4:6; Ephesians 5:8-14; Revelations 21:23
Darkness - Psalm 82:5; Proverbs 4:19; John 3:19-21
John 1:4 - 5 -"In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it."
The world he knew was dark, but theirs was darker. He had lost his sight in the war. But don’t feel bad for him. It was actually the best thing that ever happened to him. It wasn’t until after his sight went dark that he found the light. He didn’t know that he had been living in darkness all along until his accident. It had been scary lying in that hospital, unable to see, but for the first time he stopped and took a good look at his life. He asked himself what it was all about. What was he doing with his life? He found the answers there. And for the first time, he found the light, he learned what it was like to really live. He found a purpose. He knew who he was and he knew he was loved by his creator.
Now he joined their world each night. Some nights it was the subway, or the train station. Tonight he sat in the park across from a popular pub. He was invisible to them. No one noticed the blind man camped out near their favorite watering hole. He heard them arrive, talking and laughing, ready to have a good time. Others came with less excitement, tired after a long day of work, wanting to relax and kick back among friends. Then there were the few with heavy tread. Carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders, defeated by their circumstances, these came to forget. They drank away their pain and stumbled away in the early morning hours. For them the emptiness was deep. They faced their darkness every waking hour. Some found it impossible to face reality and began their slide into oblivion as soon as they woke up each day.
He was here to help. He sat on his park bench with his backpack full of bibles and waited. Music and laughter poured from the open pub doors. But the laughter didn’t hold much joy. It bounced around broken and empty, sometimes hysterical. One minute he could hear someone inside singing karaoke and having the time of their life, the next minute they would step outside and break into sobs when no one was looking. Filled with deep sadness, they would collect themselves, then paste the smile back on and go back to their friends. He had once heard that alcohol was the great liberator. It gave people the courage to take off their masks and be themselves. But in his experience, it was the greatest mask of all, hiding the pain from the soul who put it on. And so he waited. As the night drew on, some would find their way over to his park and sit near him. He would pull out a bible and ask them about themselves. Soon they would be pouring out their troubles to him. Telling him of lives empty and dark, of sins committed and regrets lived with. He had been there, he could understand, and if they were willing to listen, he had the answers.
Thank you for reading my hub. If you would like to learn more you can continue with 6b, Why wasn't Jesus recognized as Messiah?