According to a YouGov poll, 40% of us are scared to walk around our own homes at night if the lights are off. Fear of the dark is not as irrational as some phobias. The dark can leave us a bit vulnerable to mishap. On one occasion, I fell over a vacuum cleaner whilst attempting a visit to the bathroom at 2am!
Of all the metaphors used about Jesus, light is one of the most powerful. ‘In him was life, and the life was the light of people,’ writes John at the start of his gospel. He continues: ‘The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.’ In fact, the word ‘light’ is used sixteen times by John. He is very keen for us to see Jesus as the ‘light’!
Jesus illuminated human failings and shone a pathway to forgiveness and a restored relationship with God. Jesus enabled us to see the character of God. Jesus broke through the darkness of abusive power, oppression and suffering, bringing the comfort of a new dawn. Jesus is the light that never goes out. And he invites us to walk in his light.
We’d love to welcome you to All Saints church this Christmas. Why not come in out of the dark and join us? We can walk in the light together!
Revd Douglas Black