Words from the Heart for Saturday August 8th, 2020
I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark.
John 12:46 (NLT)
A Light to Shine
According to the Explore magazine website, two of the best places in Canada to view the Northern Lights each year are Iqaluit in Nunavut and Dawson Creek BC. One of their writers says this about Dawson Creek: “With a college literally named after them, the Northern Lights are as at home in the Peace Country region as I am. Mile Zero of the Alaska Highway is an appropriate stop to hike, ski, fish, bird and catch an Aurora light display in all its fluorescent glory.
One of the key themes of the Bible is the battle between light and darkness. Light represents God and all that is good and holy. Darkness is that which is sinful and evil. As archaeologists have worked in the region of the Essenes near the Dead Sea they have discovered that the Essenes, a religious sect around the time of Jesus, based their entire theology around the concept of darkness and light. It was solidly Biblical. So, it wouldn’t have been surprising to hear Jesus say, in John 12:46: “I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark.” It doesn’t take any imagination to understand what Jesus is saying. Our world is dark. Just listen to the news. But our Creator doesn’t want it to be, and so Jesus came to bring light. In fact, He says He IS the light of the world. When we come to Him in faith He draws us from the darkness and into the light of His redemption and love. If you are tired of the dark, put your trust in Jesus.
These have been words from the heart.