The date when I’m writing this is the 27th of January, Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD). The theme of HMD this year is Be the light in the darkness.

Jesus said that He is the Light of the World (John 8:12). When we look around in the world, or look back into history we can see how dense the darkness can be. Dark powers motivate deeds, dark purposes hide behind seemingly innocent endeavours. People, even nations and countries can be kept in the dark. And if we are honest we must confess to the darkness in our own lives, hearts and minds too! We need The Light!

The Bible says about Jesus that in Him the true light came into the world and He is able to give light to everyone (John 1:9)! He is the light that uncovers and reveals dark deeds, and thoughts. The light that guides us, and give us hope. Most importantly Jesus did not say that He has got the light, but He IS the light. What we need to get out of the darkness and to get darkness out of ourselves is Him, Jesus, the Light to shine in us.

In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus also said that those who believe in Him are the light of the world too (Matthew 5:14). This is both an affirmation of the identity of believers and a call for particular action and living. When you consider the darkness in the world you are called to shine into it to unmask it and to bring hope to those who were enveloped by it! If we walk with Jesus we are in the light and can give light to others. The Apostle Paul wrote: “Do everything without grumbling or arguing,so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky.” (Philippians 2:14-15)

Do not curse the darkness, but let your light shine!

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