Storytellers have been utilizing images of darkness and light from the dawn of time. The simpler stories revolve around dark = bad and light = good. And certainly looking at the conversation John provides us between Jesus and Nicodemus we can see it that simply. Yet there is more here.
Great storytellers play with these images of darkness and light showing the varied shades of gray that impact all of our lives. John does this today and in yesterday's reading. Nicodemus comes to Jesus at night and Jesus talks about darkness and light, good and evil. The imagery of the light that saves the world, standing in darkness, talking about light and dark is a wonderful play on these metaphors. Nicodemus, who represents darkness, those who don't believe, comes at night to the light, and stays and learns and changes.
There is always darkness in our lives, darkness in ourselves. We simply have to walk into the light that is there for every single one of us.
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