Jesus came into the world as the true light. But the darkness of the world hated him. Eventually, in the days of the Roman Empire, those who relied on its power crucified him. The darkness rejoiced that it had won the light.
But their joy did not last long. Three days later, Jesus rose from the dead. The light finally won the darkness. When the light came back, the darkness disappeared immediately. Jesus came to this earth as the true light. He came to kick out the darkness that is in us and to give us his light. The darkness cannot overcome those who believe in Jesus. Christians will be resurrected after their death and will eventually win.
Many people suffer from the darkness of the world. Darkness and evil are the same thing. God created the good earth and he did not create the evil. The Bible describes the evil as things that counteract the holy nature of God (Psalm 51:4). With faith in these words, evil exists in the absence of God and goodness, as there is darkness where there is no light. All things are evil against God's will. Constant terrors, wars, massacre, violence, human rights abuse, child abuse, racism, corruptions, economic inequality, injustice, and crimes counteract the holy nature of God. Hate, greed, and anger in humans are also evils because they counteract God's attribute. We suffer from this darkness of the evil.
The only way to defeat this darkness is by the light of Christ. When a light comes, darkness cannot exist. Jesus came to this earth as the true light. This light will come to those who believe in Him. If his light is in us, we trust in him and ask his help, all darkness and evil in us will go away.
All we have to do is that, we, as disciples of the light of Jesus Christ, must proclaim the light of Jesus to the world. We cannot defeat the darkness of the world with our own strength. It is possible only by the light of Christ. Jesus, who came to us as the true light, taught us how to serve, love, and forgive others. And eventually, he overcame the evils of the world with his service, love, and forgiveness.
We must fight the evil of the world to the end. Our weapons to fight evil are faith in Jesus, obedience, service, love, and forgiveness. How can these be weapons? The Gospel is always paradoxical. God uses the weak to overcome the strong. When we are weak, when we serve as his servants to the end with service, love, and forgiveness, we can be strong and eventually win. Believe this.
This Sunday is Easter. In the morning of the resurrection, Jesus went to his disciples and gave them hope and courage. On Easter, we will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. Please come to church this Sunday and receive the hope and blessings that come from God. I pray that your life will be filled with God's grace and blessings during the month of April.
Rev. Dr. David Choi