Bright Light and Dark Shadow

Am I reflecting on biblical truth or is this just an excuse to share one of my favorite pieces of animation?

Let’s say that it’s the former with the acknowledgment that there is more than a little of the latter sprinkled in.

The samurai draped in white and the shadow warrior cloaked in black find themselves doing battle in the bright light and deep shadow of sunset. Shinobi can hide himself among the shadows, the samurai finds his cover in the light. As the sun continues to set, the angle of the light changes.

The bright light moves.

The shadows shift.

“This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.” [1 John 1:5-7]

Our dark impulses tempt us to find our comfort in things that are likewise dark, but we are encouraged by our creator to the nobler purpose of finding our covering in the light where we are in fellowship with him. The things of darkness may find their peace in the shadows, but in Christ, we are made for the light and our only peace whether it be with him or each other is found in the light.

Sometimes it can be difficult to remember or find our focus, but when we perceive that things are getting darker by the hour and we cannot seem to find light, let us always remember that “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.”

Also, be sure to check out the video, it’s pretty cool.

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5 thoughts on “Bright Light and Dark Shadow

  1. How precious is Your loving-kindness, O God!
    The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.
    They feast on the abundance of Your house,
    and You give them drink from the river of Your delights.
    For with You is the fountain of life;
    in Your light we see light.

    Ps 36:7-9

      • respect to your metaphor… i was thinking of the “In His light we see light” line and just included the previous verses for encouragement… however, i did find myself thinking along the lines of what Yahweh said to Cyrus—an Old Persian name meaning the sun—His warrior Messiah from the east:

        “I call you by your name, I name you, though you do not know me. I am Yahweh, and there is no other. Besides me there is no God. I equip you, though you do not know me, that people may know from the rising of the sun and from the west that there is none besides me. I am Yahweh, and there is no other. I form light and create darkness, I make peace and create calamity. I am Yahweh, who does all these things” (Isa 45:4b-7).

        fwiw, I love how the Christ is imaged as a warrior of light by His prophets… for instance: “His coming brightness is like the sun; He has rays flashing from His hand—this is where His power is hidden” (Hab 3:4).

        Cyrus was a type of Christ, and is even given that designation by God in Isa 45:1.

        so Jesus said, “I am the Light of world… and so is everyone in me… yes, you are the light of the world too.”

        In His Light we are light.

        As we clothe ourselves in the “weapons of light”, according to Romans 13:12-14, we are clothing ourselves in the “Lord Jesus Christ.”

        just my rambling thoughts..

        • Your mention of “weapons of light” combined with this from the original passage, “If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth” and gives me the thought that if the weapons that we wield are light we cannot hope to add any strength to them by using more carnal pragmatic “dark” means… we only serve to dim the light, to weaken or weapon.

          • exactly.. and this truth is further born out in 2 Corinthians 6 where we read how “the power of God through the pure fruit of the Spirit provides us with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and the left.”

            and

            “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light, discerning the good pleasure of the Lord. As the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true—have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose and correct them… for when anything is exposed to the light, it becomes visible, as anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, ‘Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you'” (Eph 5:8-11, 13-14).

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