Darkness running away

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light” (Isaiah 9:2).

I teach preschool from my home three days a week. And on preschool days, when Karis and Micah (my middle two children) arrive home from school, they love to ask for any leftover crafts, coloring pages, stickers, etc. to use in creating their own works of art.

eastercoloringA week ago, I had leftover spring stickers and copies of a coloring page lying on the art table (coloring page pictured on the right). Wednesdays are “Bible days” at preschool. And our lesson that day had been the Easter story. As you can see in the picture, Jesus stands arms wide-open in front of an open cave or tomb in the background. The words “He is risen” are joyfully announced over the top of the page.

Micah – my five-year-old – grabbed the Jesus picture and set to work coloring. He used crayons to color the picture and then added stickers. Then, for the background, he took a black crayon and intensely filled in the entrance of the tomb. And then again, on the right side of the page, he fervently colored what was supposed to be a bush, all black. P1030968(You can see his finished product here on the right.)

As he proudly revealed the finished product, he pointed to the black patches and said, “See this? This is the darkness, running away.”

Darkness running away. Isn’t that the crux of the Easter story? John asserts at the beginning of his gospel story, “In [Jesus] was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:4-5).

Yesterday was Easter. But Easter is not just a red-letter day. For all humanity, it was the dawning of a new existence – a huge celebration of redeemed life. New life, made instantly available when Jesus became alive all over again. New life made possible by his willing death and his glorious resurrection. New life promised to be free from the clutch of sin, free from the fear of death, and free from the deep, deep, overwhelming darkness that constantly pulls us away from our Creator.

Jesus died wrapped up in the clutches of our sin, surrounded by complete darkness. But on Easter morning, he rose again in complete light. Sin shed, death conquered, and darkness running away. All for us.

He is risen!

He is risen indeed!

Allelujah!

light of the world

“Giving thanks to God, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:12-14).

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2 responses to “Darkness running away

  1. Alice Stroshine

    What a thoughtful Easter meditation! Micah said it all, so thank you for passing on his wisdom. It was a blessing. Alice Stroshine

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