LIGHT ARISES OUT OF DARKNESS

Judges 14:14 – And he said to them, “Out of the eater came something to eat. Out of the strong came something sweet.”

God’s glory provides a great contrast to the darkness that engrosses the world. The prophet Isaiah declared “The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles:

The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, And upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned.”

Of course Isaiah was speaking of the Redeemer, Jesus Christ, whose entire life was about redemption. In the midst of our greatest darkness, Jesus shined His light into our lives. When we were at our lowest He came to us, bringing us out of misery into an incredible life in Him. We were once darkness but now we are light in the Lord. So I like to think of it like this, what was once my worst day became my best day. I was drowning in my own misery, the fruit of a life of bad choices, when the light of Christ invaded my life and brought me into a whole new world of light. Maybe you feel like you are at the bottom. You are a candidate for redemption and the beginning of a whole new life. Here is how Jonathan Edwards describes good times coming out of bad.

“As all the good and happiness of mankind comes by redemption and salvation, all his light arises out of darkness, all his happiness out of misery, all his wealth out of the most extreme poverty, and his life out of death. Agreeable to these circumstances of mankind, and the great designs and methods of God’s grace towards him through the Savior, it is ordered that so many of our outward mercies and good things are given in a way of deliverance, protection or remedy from some calamity we have been the subjects of, or are exposed to.”

This pretty much describes the ministry of Jesus when He was here on earth. Everywhere He went He was bringing help to the hopeless and helpless. He brought healing to the sick, provision for the needy, and freedom to those bound by sin. The good news is this, He is still doing exactly the same things today. Even better news, He will do all of this for you.

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