To follow Jesus is to fight the darkness, the grim, and shine a beacon of light and cheer into the world.
He sacrificed himself to the darkness so we can convict ourselves and repent – for we too have wielded the awful power of pessimism.
A power that spilled his innocent blood upon a wooden cross – a sullen sight to see. An image meant not to sadden or enrage, but the very opposite.
For once we repent, the kingdom of heaven is at hand. We see the light ourselves, and we as mirrors reflect its resplendent glory.