There is no denying that there is evil in this world, but the light will conquer the darkness.
It was a dark day. It came as no surprise. In fact, it was anticipated, determined. Jesus knew that this was meant to happen. He willingly would give his life so that we could have life. Such a horrible reality and yet, such an incredible truth. A reality birthed out of extreme love. A love for all of us. Jesus knew this was his path, but nobody else did. They were blind to this extreme love. They are still blind today. But back then, one in particular wasn’t blind. He noticed. On that very dark day, almost 2000 years ago, stood a Roman soldier. Right next to the cross. He was there to do his job. Guard the criminals sentenced to death. I am fascinated by this soldier. He may have had little knowledge of Jesus, little knowledge of God, Jehovah. But, he noticed. He stood by the crucified Christ and noticed. After Jesus’s last cry, last breath of air, this soldier boldly declared, “Truly this is the son of God!” Right now we are in a dark time. Will we notice? Notice God’s extreme love. He has not abandoned us to darkness. My hope is that many people, who have been blind to God, will notice. Notice their need for a God who loves, who saves, who brings light to this dark world. A God who willingly gave his life for ours. My prayer is that like the Roman soldier next to the cross, eyes will be opened. Many will see the light that conquers darkness and notice.
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