Words from the Heart for Thursday December 3rd, 2020

[John] came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.

John 1:6-9 (NIV)

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The True Light

Terra Nova National Park in the eastern part of Newfoundland is the first Dark Sky Preserve in the province. There are campgrounds where the view of the night sky is staggering. For something different, however, try one of the new Oasis accommodations at Malady Head campground. These water-drop shaped treehouses sit on stilts, sleep 2 adults and 2 kids, and have a clear glass roof, so you can sleep in comfort with an unimpeded view of the galaxy.

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If you look at a full moon on a crystal-clear night, you might think that it is a mini-sun. But the moon has no light in itself at all. It is a rock that has been caught in the gravity of the earth. All it does is reflect the light of the sun. The sun is the true light that brings life to our planet. The Bible uses a similar analogy about John the Baptist – not that he was just a rock, but that he reflected the true light, Jesus Christ. John the apostle described John the Baptist this way in John 1:6-9: “[John] came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.” John the Baptist was called to prepare hearts for the soon coming of the Messiah Jesus. Many Bible scholars feel that many of Jesus’ disciples may have been followers of John, so that when Jesus came and called them to follow, they had been prepared to do so by John. May we be like John to others.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley