“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
Jesus came from the Father into our dark world and left his mark. He pierced the darkness with his light. And with his pure blood that was shed on the cross, He made the way for us to come into the Kingdom of Heaven and into the true light.
Sometimes in this world it feels like we are surrounded by evil and darkness. We might wonder, where is God? Or, why is this world becoming darker? The darkness seems to be increasing because of all of the evil things we hear on TV and through the internet. However, according to God’s word, the darkness is not overcoming the light. Rather, it is the light Overcoming The Darkness.
“Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining” (1 John 2:8).
The darkness is passing and the light is shining brighter than ever. In fact, the light has always been bright, but now as the world comes closer and closer to an end, the true light is exposing even more darkness than before. The true light is shining bright and the darkness is being exposed for the lies, sin, and death it brings.
“But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for it is light that makes everything visible…” (Ephesians 5:13).
When I began to paint Overcoming the Darkness, I had a picture of a black and white space separated and three red stripes on top of the black. I knew the stripes represented the marks of Jesus. When Jesus died, he left his mark in this dark world, so that people would look to Him and believe. His blood was shed so we could be saved.
After painting the black and white space, I felt God leading me to paint the light overtaking the darkness. Although it seems that the darkness is sometimes overcoming the light in our world, God through His son Jesus, is actually overcoming the darkness; it’s passing away! The truth of the gospel is much stronger than any lie in this world. The darkness has no chance against the truth and the true light of Jesus Christ. For God’s Kingdom is advancing, expanding, and growing everyday.
Just like the yeast in the dough and the small mustard seed parable, God’s Kingdom is growing and expanding (Mathew 13:31-33). Although it may have started out small, the Kingdom of heaven is becoming bigger and brighter than ever before. People are being saved, healed, and delivered each day as God’s light spreads throughout our world. The darkness is being exposed and covered up by the true light of Jesus as His Kingdom comes and His will is done on earth as it is in heaven.
May your Kingdom come Lord and may your light continue to spread until one day the earth is full of your glory!