The Witness Of Darkness


 In Him {Jesus} was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

~John 1:4-5, NASB


In substance, there is no such thing as darkness. Darkness is merely the absence of light.


Are you afraid of the dark? Partial darkness does not frighten me but total darkness is spooky. In substance, there is no such thing as darkness. Light is a substance but darkness has no substance. When no light particles are present, you have darkness but darkness has no real substance and when light appears, darkness vanishes. It is not like there is this huge cosmic battle between the light and the darkness: when light shows up, darkness vanishes. Darkness can never overcome light because it has no substance. So darkness is a symbol of evil and the absence of light. Evil is not so much a reality as is the absence of good. Evil could not exist unless there was good. Truth exist on its own; it can stand on its own feet but a lie is merely the absence of truth. You can have truth without a lie but you cannot have a lie without truth. A lie is the twisting, the perverting of the truth. You can have life without death but you can’t have death if there is no life. Death can only exist when there is an absence of life. You can have God without Satan but not Satan without God.

So we can only discern darkness because of the existence of light; we discern a lie because we know the truth; we recognize evil because we know what is good. In a sense, the darkness is a witness that the light exist. Falsehood bears witness that truth exist and hate bears witness that love exist. Some of you may be wondering, what does all this theological mumbo-jumbo have to do with me and how I live my life? Actually, it is quite simple: we have a tendency to focus on the dark side. Evil is oppressive to believers and if we are not careful, we can slowly lose focus until we see more darkness than we do light. This is why daily bible study is so important. We must make it a point to seek and see the good which is always there. It may be above or beyond the darkness, but it is there. The darkness that can be depressing can be encouraging when you understand the truth. Darkness has never been and will never be greater than light and the LIGHT of the world is Jesus. Simply stated: Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in his wonderful face and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of his glory and grace.


Several of the thoughts above come from Jonathan Cahn, BOOK OF MYSTERIES. The light/darkness thing was not new to me but I had never extended it to the other areas like good/evil or truth/lie. I appreciate his insight. I would say this is one of the best three articles in his book. I thought I posted this blog yesterday but my computer says it has not been published so here goes. Happy Friday everyone!

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