Tom Hanks plays the head cell block guard on death row in the 1999 film The Green Mile. During his interactions with convicted murderers, one prisoner fits the physical description, but internally something is different. Michael Clarke Duncan plays John Coffey, an intimidating man who possesses the gift of healing. After witnessing 2 minor miracles, Tom Hanks convinces his entire staff to risk their jobs in order to save a woman dying from cancer. James Cromwell, Hank’s boss in the film, is married to Patricia Clarkson who is on the verge of death. After a powerful healing scene, Clarkson talks to Duncan revealing a dream she had during her ordeal with cancer. This vision refers to finding each other in the dark.
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.
The Bible uses the imagery of darkness to refer to moments or periods of time individuals are separated from God. One of Jesus’ disciples associates being in God’s presence with fellowship. As a personal eye witness to Jesus’ life on earth for 3 years, John testifies to the fact that Jesus was the real deal, full of love and light. While most people flee from the lost, lonely and social outcasts, Jesus built his ministry around comforting, healing and waiting until desperate souls were touched by a miracle. Jesus went into the darkness to help those unable to escape on their own.
But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him, John 11:10.
Human nature creates a curiosity within human hearts. Like Eve in the Garden of Eden, even if you have been taught right from wrong, some won’t stop until they taste forbidden fruit. For those who follow longings, lust and temptation into darkness, returning back where you came from isn’t as easy as it seems. Enlightenment has a way of enticing people, creating a hunger for more. Despite the presence of God’s light in small portions of this world, darkness seems to growing more and more by the day. This expansion is causing many to stumble, stuck in darkness together. May the light of Christ pierce through this darkness, John 1:5, so that those who unable to find their way out will be united once again into fellowship with God.
by Jay Mankus