A Light Shining In The Darkness

A young boy from the inner city once heard a Sunday school teacher say that Jesus was the Light of the world. He took her remark literally. After class he said to his teacher, “If Jesus is really the Light of the world, I wish he’d come and hang out in my alley. It is awful dark where I live.”

 In a sense, as we think about the world in which we live, wouldn’t all of us have to echo those words?  “It’s awful dark where I live.” I live in a world where millions of people (if not billions) struggle with money each and every month. “It’s awful dark where I live.” I live in a world where people can’t trust one another, where people make promises they break, where people lie to your face and talk about you behind your back. “It’s awful dark where I live.” I live in a world where millions of unborn babies are killed every year; a world where parents neglect, abuse and abandon their children. “It’s awful dark where I live.” I live in a world where people are paralyzed by pain; some by indescribable emotional pain that leaves them in a state of constant depression, others by chronic physical pain that leaves them debilitated. “It’s awful dark where I live.” I live in a world where people know what it is to be afraid. Some of them are afraid of living and others are afraid of dying. Some are afraid of the past and some are afraid of the future. “It’s awful dark where I live.” I live in a world where people are wracked with guilt, so much so that they will get drunk just to numb their conscience; so much so that they will do anything and everything to keep from being alone with their thoughts; so much so that they try to hide from God. “It’s awful dark where I live.”

Into this world lying in darkness God sent his Son, Jesus, the Light of the world. And as God sends his Son into our world he issues a Christmas invitation. It is an invitation extended to each of us. An invitation that says, "Come out of the dark and into the light!"

Looking forward to marveling at this Light with you tomorrow and Sunday!

Pastor Z.