Day 16 - Light in Darkness
Read Isaiah 9:2-7.
Have you ever been in total darkness? One time I rode my bike to Baskin-Robbins for ice cream and had a great time, but the sun had set while I was in the store so the ride home was dark. There weren’t a lot of streetlights and I could hardly see the sidewalk in front of me. I was 19 years old—a grown-up and everything!—but I felt so scared. I didn’t know if I would trip or someone would attack me or if mosquitoes were biting me. Any time I would pass through a section that was well-lit, I could finally breathe a sigh of relief.
Without Jesus, our whole life is in darkness, even if we don’t realize it. Sin has made life dark and sad and scary. I know lots of people who are proud that they don’t believe in Jesus, and they tell me they are so much happier now that they can do whatever they want to do, but it’s quite obvious that living in the darkness isn’t as wonderful as they’re saying. They’re confused. They’re hurt. They’re lonely. And so is everyone without the Lord. But Jesus promised to be a light for us. By Him can we see all things rightly.
In John 3:19 Jesus said, “And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.” If you shine your flashlight on a raccoon that’s eating your garbage, he will skitter away and hide. The light of Jesus has shown us our sin, and we want to run and hide too. But new life in Him means exposing our sin and giving up on the idea that we make up the rules. New life in Him means being freed from sin and holding onto hope in an all-powerful and good God. Just as there was absolutely no light—nothing at all, actually—until God said “Let there be light”, the earth had no hope for salvation without Jesus. Praise Him for coming!
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