Here, There Be Darkness

If you’ve seen the trailer for the new superhero movie, THOR: The Dark World, you’ll remember these words from Odin, the Allfather in Norse mythology:

“Some believe that before the universe there was nothing. They’re wrong. There was darkness, and it has survived.”

Odin is right. In Genesis, the Bible tells us that darkness covered the Earth before God performed His creative acts.

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep…“ —Genesis 1:1-2

And darkness is present with us today. In Odin’s words, “it has survived.”

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” —Ephesians 6:12

Malekith the Accursed (villain of "THOR: The Dark World")

Malekith the Accursed (villain of “THOR: The Dark World”)

The darkness in our world is shown in the evil actions that spring out of men’s hearts: rape, adultery, child abuse, murder, war. These acts originate with the Prince of Darkness himself. From the moment he stepped foot in the Garden of Eden and marred Eve’s mind with his lies about God’s character, he perpetuated darkness upon the human race.

Until Jesus came.

When Jesus came, He declared, “I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows Me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).

Because Jesus came, we do not have to dwell in darkness. We can follow Christ and become children of the light. As Scripture tells us, “You are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness” (1 Thessalonians 5:5).

Because Jesus came, we also know that darkness will one day be ultimately defeated. All of the wrong things that have been done will be eradicated, and no trace of them will be left on the world.

We have this promise:

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” —John 1:5

Are you of the light?