Most of us are familiar with the children’s nighttime prayer, “Now I lay me down to sleep…” The line, “If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take” always seemed scary to me as kid—my life might end during the dark of night???—so I tweaked the version I taught my girls. (“Jesus, watch me through the night, and guard me till the morning light.” Yes, it’s redundant, but it’s also comforting.) The thing is, our physical life will end, but for those who love and serve Jesus the Savior, the end of our physical life is only the beginning of a spiritual life that will never end.
John wrote, “In him was life…” The life referenced here is more than breathing and being; it is an essence of living that isn’t limited by time or death. This life is our light, and by the same token, this light is our life. Creation began with “let there be light,” and our life—our true, eternal, meaningful life—begins when we receive the light of God into our hearts. This is the kind of light that cannot be overcome by darkness/sin/death. People who are trapped in darkness, meaning separated from Christ, won’t understand who Jesus is. Their lack of understanding leads them to oppose Him. But that doesn’t mean He’s been vanquished. The OPPOSITION is already vanquished. Death couldn’t conquer Jesus; darkness cannot conquer His followers. We are to shine His love and grace, and pray for those who’ve not yet received Him to see the light and find salvation.