In the Dark

John 8:12 “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”

Some may wonder why I decided to title a painting so full of light, “In the Dark”, it seems a bit like a contradiction. Let me explain, I believe that there is so much light available in the world. This light is made possible by Jesus Christ, who is the Light of the World. His light goes from His presence and fills the immensity of space. This light is as real as the light bulb present in this painting, and yet many in the world today choose to ignore that light, and even shield themselves from it. They may even proclaim that the light’s not there. And though the light shines, if you choose not to receive it, or even acknowledge it, well, then you are in the dark.

In the Old Testament, the children of Israel were bit by fiery serpents, and many of the people died. Moses was instructed by God to make a serpent and set it on a pole, and if the people would only look at this, they would live (Numbers 21:8-9). Christ then referenced this story in the book of John saying,

“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:14-16

His light is there waiting, may we look and live.

Oil on Belgian linen panel, 18” x 24”