A good Jesus in a bad world

Good morning everyone,
Our theme for this month: “The awesome reality of the presence of God”
Our Bible verse for today: “For God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of God’s glory in the face of Jesus Christ.” 2 Corinthians 4:6 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “A good Jesus in a bad world”
This morning I want to continue exploring the Biblical metaphor of darkness and light. The world is engulfed in spiritual darkness, but Jesus came to shine spiritual light into that darkness. Yes, the world is bad, but Jesus is good, and the good Jesus came into the bad world to make things better by chasing away the darkness. “I have overcome the world”, He said in John 16:33.
The god of this age (Satan) has used the darkness to blind the minds of unbelievers, leaving them lost and confused. However, the brilliant light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ dispels that darkness, allowing people to see God’s truth. But also, for believers, seeing the world as it appears in the light of Christ allows us to see the good in the world. There really is beauty and goodness and righteousness present in the world. I’m therefore convinced that Christians should not be pessimists. We should be realists, but also optimists. We should acknowledge the reality of the darkness, and all the evil that occurs in the darkness, but we must also declare that there is much good, and the light reveals it.
The good that exists in the world is often obscured in the shadows because of the pervading darkness, but that’s where Christians come in. The good Jesus is present in this bad world through you and me. Maybe they can’t see Jesus, but they can see you. And therefore, they should be able to see the light of spiritual truth shining in and through you. The light of Christ should be shining through us.
The world is often bad. But Jesus is always good. Let the bad world see the good Jesus in you.
God bless,
Pastor Jim   
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