Live in the land of light

Good morning everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “The awesome reality of the presence of God”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his possession, so that you may proclaim the praises of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:9 (CSB)
 
Our thought for today: “Live in the land of light”
 
We’re not quite done considering the Biblical metaphor of light and darkness. There’s more that needs to be said about it. The truth that Jesus is the light of the world and that He came to shine spiritual light that chases away spiritual darkness is too important a point to rush past.
 
In 1 Peter 2:9 the apostle reminds us that we have been called out of the kingdom of darkness and into the kingdom of light. Satan is the Prince of Darkness – the prince of this world. His darkness pervades this world like a thick fog in a back alley on a cold dark night. You can’t see a thing and you’re chilled to the bone.  
 
But Jesus calls you out of the darkness. Like a policeman with a powerful flashlight entering that dark alley and calling your name, Jesus comes to guide you out of that darkness and leads you into the light. Picture a broad avenue with blazing streetlights and stores and shops and restaurants all lit up, with lots safe and happy people on the sidewalks talking and laughing and having a good time. The contrast with the dark and dangerous alley is stark.
 
People are afraid in the darkness – and rightly so. But people feel safe and secure in the light. Jesus calls people out of the darkness and into the light. It’s one of the reasons for the incarnation – it’s why He came.
 
As a follower of Christ, you live in the land of light. But many people all around you are lost in the dark. And whether they will admit it or not, they are confused, lonely, and scared. But they don’t have to remain in the dark. Jesus is that policeman with the powerful flashlight. He’s the one who will lead them out of the darkness and into the light. As Peter said, Jesus calls us out of that hideous darkness and into His marvelous light.
 
This is what Christmas is all about. It’s what we’re celebrating and it’s what the lights of Christmas remind us of. Jesus is the light and He leads us to live in the land of light. I encourage you to tell others that joyful news today.
 
God bless,
Pastor Jim
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