“Why do so many bad things happen in the middle of the night?”
I asked my wife that recently when another round of sickness hit some friends and I dreaded what might hit us. Seems that certain bugs always hit at night! While I know there’s a perfectly logical physiological explanation, there’s a deeper tie between night and bad things.
Night is when darkness comes.
Sure, bad things can and do happen in the day time, but the night hides things. Darkness makes the threats of the world even more menacing and terrifying. The darkness of night is the deadly nursery where my sin and yours grows to become the biggest threat of all.
It should not surprise us, to read that Jesus, our Rescuer, was born in the night. When reflecting on Christ’s birth, His disciple John concluded, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:5). He records Jesus saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).
As scary as the night is, Jesus entered it to deliver us from the terrors without and within.