The light shines through the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.    ~ John 1:5

I’m looking up at the moon and it fascinates me.   Moonlight penetrates the darkness even though it is not an actual source of light.  The moon does not emit its own light.  It reflects the light of the sun.  

God thought of everything when He created the earth.  He created day and night (Genesis 1:3-5), and when He did so He came up with a way to give the earth a special night light – the moon.  He positioned the moon so that it would reflect the sun’s light to the dark places of the earth.    Thus making true the verse above in a literal way…The light does indeed shine through the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.  

Metaphorically this verse tells us that Christ is the light, and that His light will always shine through the darkness.  The darkness of Satan/sin/evil can never extinguish His light. 

Have you seen the movie, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe from The Chronicles of Narnia?  In that movie, hell is freezing over on earth.  The kingdom of Narnia has been taken over by an evil ruler who has turned Narnia into a cold, harsh place.  Yet, a street lamp with  a flame continues to burn, shining its light and radiating warmth.  Even though the powers of wickedness had taken over the kingdom of Narnia, those powers were never able to extinguish the light which represented the power and authority of Christ. 

So what does this mean for us?  It means that the light and love of Christ is ever-present in our world and in our lives.  Darkness may come, but it can never extinguish the light of Christ.