May 20th’s reading in John 11 tells us about Jesus going back to Judea to help His friend Lazarus. When He announces His plans, the disciples question why He would want to return there and remind Him, “Rabbi, the Jews were just now seeking to stone you, and are you going there again?” Jesus answers “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.” Jesus wasn’t worried about the trouble He might be walking into because He was confident in the Light that was within Him. Remember, John 8:12 Jesus says, “I am the Light of the world.”
I don’t know what shame or problem you may have to walk into, but know that there is no place that you can go that the Light does not want to penetrate. Whether there is a recurring addiction, persecution, shame over past mistakes, or broken relationships that you face on your journey, the Light of the world promises to be with you.
Jesus wasn’t even afraid of the risk of physical harm because He knew that it was worth going back if it meant that Lazarus would come back to life. Don’t be afraid of the darkness because the Light seeks to drive it out and bring life to those you come in contact with. In John 11:15 Jesus says, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.”
It is a scary thought to walk back into a situation where pain previously occurred. What is more scary is to see darkness taking over. Let Christ’s light shine through you and dispel the darkness around you no matter what problem you face today.
Light isn’t afraid of darkness. So why should you be?