Real Light takes away darkness of death

The shorter daylight hours of wintertime give us a better appreciation for the longer days of daylight. From that reality we learn that light as a metaphor can reveal many truths for our lives. The picture of light is used in many ways to help us understand that there are many things in life that can influence us in positive and negative ways. With light we often have included pictures of darkness. Light is the positive influence, darkness the negative.

Let us first think about the dark elements of our lives. I could bring up a long list of things that hit us from a number of different angles. From the outside we hear the news reports and face real, possible, and perceived threats from near and far. Then from the inside we deal with fears and realities of personal, even physical, assaults. Even without listing any details I am sure that you readers easily and quickly filled in the blanks with the specifics of the darkness you feel in life.

That brings us to the one dark shadow that touches all of us: death. We see it in the media, we hear about and most significantly we have been closely touched by it as we have lost loved ones. With all of those events we also know that we will never escape death’s taking us away. No matter how much we may try to rationalize, deny, or try to distract ourselves, deep down, death keeps looming.

Here comes the Light.

This light takes away the darkness of death. Not just the fear, but the reality. During the time between Christmas and Lent we celebrate the Light that has come into our world and our lives. As John writes in his Gospel regarding Jesus, “In him was life and that life was the light of men.” (John 1:4) and “The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.” (John 1: 9)

Jesus is the Light that gives us a life free from the death we all deserve for our sins. He died on the cross to pay for our sins and rising from the dead after three days He makes the physical death we face no longer an end, but the beginning of a new life. As the great light of Jesus takes away the worst darkness of death He also give us the life that helps us to deal with all the darkness of life. He fills us with comfort, gives us help and fills us with hope.

I have only given you a glimpse of the great light and all He does for us. There is a lot more to learn. Please visit or contact: St. Paul Lutheran Church, Fredonia (672-6731), Immanuel Lutheran Church, Gowanda (532-4342), or Trinity Lutheran Church, Silver Creek (934-2002).

Rev. Travis S. Grubbs is the pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Gowanda