Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, a darkness to be felt.” So Moses stretched out his hand toward heaven, and there was pitch darkness in all the land of Egypt three days. They did not see one another, nor did anyone rise from his place for three days, but all the people of Israel had light where they lived. Exodus 10:21-23 ESV
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 ESV
Tony was very afraid of the dark. He didn’t like to go to bed at night, because when his mom or dad turned out the light he started to think about monsters and ghosts and other creepy things in the darkness that might hurt him. But when his parents got him a night light, he wasn’t afraid to go to bed anymore. The night light took away the darkness, and he could remember that he was safe and that there weren’t any monsters or ghosts to hurt him.
The ancient Egyptians were afraid of the dark, too. The darkness God sent them was very scary for them. It was so thick they could even feel it. They couldn’t see each other, and they were afraid to move. They couldn’t find their way around their houses or their neighborhoods, or find something to eat or drink, or see if their friends or neighbors were okay. But God gave light to the people of Israel where they were. They didn’t have to be afraid of the darkness, or feel alone or helpless.
Jesus talks about a different kind of darkness, the darkness of being separated from God. Not having God is scarier and more lonely than anything else in the whole world, but Jesus came to save us from that darkness. He died on the cross to bring us back to God, and he says that anyone who follows him has the light of life. God the Holy Spirit brings us into the light of Jesus, and we can live in this light forever.
Dear Jesus, thank you for being our light and bringing us back to the love of our Heavenly Father. Amen.