Thought for the week by Pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld

 'The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.'

John 1:5

This is a spiritual fact! No matter how much darkness has come into the world; no matter how many other religions; no matter how much cruelty and bloodshed, nothing can extinguish the light Christ brought into the world that first Christmas.


How can such a small, insignificant baby born in a stable in a little village in Bethlehem have such a profound effect on the world? The reason being that He was and is the light from eternity. Nothing can ever put out that light.


'The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine.' Isaiah 9:2


That light was not only in the infant child laid in a manger but He has shone His light into our lives too. Once we walked in sin and confusion, without understanding. We lived in deep darkness because we didn't know anything else.


Now we can understand. The light that shone in the Christ child that wonderful Christmas night shines on, giving to us understanding and illumination and the ability to choose light over darkness; righteousness over wrong; kindness instead of cruelty; forgiveness instead of bitterness and peace in place of strife.


Have confidence to let that light shine through you wherever you are. Let others feel the warmth of that all encompassing love that will draw them from their deep darkness to live in the light of the Son who came for them. Remember the light within you cannot be extinguished no matter the darkness. In fact, the deeper the darkness, the greater it will shine.


'But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.' 1 John 4:4