There is nothing worse than walking into a room that you are unfamiliar with and not knowing where the light is. Recently, we stayed in a Prophet’s Chamber (like a hotel room in a church) where we had never stayed before. The church did a wonderful job of converting a couple of rooms in a previous wing of their church into this nice area for visiting pastors and missionaries to stay. One night while we were there, I needed to adjust the temperature in the room. The controls for that were in one of the other rooms the church still used for classrooms for Sunday School. The Pastor had shown me where the controls were when he first showed us our room. The problem was, when I went to change the controls, it was dark, and I could not remember where the light was. I was really thankful there were no video cameras to capture my adventure. I’m sure we could have won something for a funny video!
We all were in darkness … stumbling around in our sin trying to find the switch for the light that we needed for our souls. We Gentiles were of all men without hope. The Jews had been given the responsibility of carrying the light through the early history of mankind. They were to take that light to the whole world. God stepped in to provide what man could not do. Here’s what the Bible says about the time Jesus was born … “A Light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of Thy people Israel” (Luke 2:32). God turned on the Light for the world! As we groped about in our lives, searching for something with eternal meaning that would satisfy the longing of our soul, God provided exactly what we needed; Jesus Christ!
I am so thankful today for two things: First, I am thankful that God provided the only Light that would conquer the darkness of our sin. Let me be absolutely clear. In a day when we are being told that the only important thing is to believe in a “higher power” (whichever higher power you want to believe is okay … as long as you believe in one), I want to tell you clearly there is only ONE Light. That Light is Jesus Christ … THE Redeemer … THE Way … Truth … Life – there is no other light! The second thing I am thankful for is that Jesus came here to the earth for me! I know He came for the whole world, but He actually came to rescue me from my sin! MY sins are forgiven by the blood of Jesus Christ! My debt is paid in full! I have a Savior, Who has taken away the sin of the world, including mine!
“Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.” – Helen Keller