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A Light Shines In The Darkness

By Watchman | December 19, 2013

“…For my eyes have seen Your salvation which You have prepared before the face of all peoples, a light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel. ”       (Luke 2:30-32.)

“And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.”   (John 3:19)

     I’ve been hearing a lot this week about the “war against Christmas” which is, as I’ve pointed out before, in reality a war against Christ Himself.  I used to be quite upset about it myself until I was struck by the sheer absurdity of it!  Warring against the name of God and His Son, our savior?  Saying that we shouldn’t use the word Christmas because not everyone believes in Christ isn’t much different than telling us we shouldn’t talk about the earth being round because some people adamantly believe the earth is flat.  There is a point here that Christians need to take comfort in:  the truth remains the truth no matter whether people choose to believe it or not, and whether or not the powers and principalities try to legislate it away.

     Evil is not a new concept.  It has had a toe-hold on the world ever since Adam and Eve were expelled from the garden.  From the earliest times, the history of man has revolved around his rebellion against God and his efforts to regain a place in God’s kingdom, but because we are a sinful people born into a fractured world, we could never do so on our own.   Since God is a good and loving God, His answer was to send His own Son to be born of a woman who was one of His beloved people, Israel; to grow up to teach people who God really is and finally, to die a tortuous and shameful death as the ultimate and perfect offering for the sins of the world.  Evil was in the world, closing man’s ears to the word of God, so the word became flesh and dwelt on earth, that all men would have the opportunity of accepting the love and grace of God through His Son, Jesus the Christ.  Now, as we tread closer and closer to the time when Christ will return, the evil which has always been is being reinvigorated and it is again closing man’s ears to the Word.  But take heart, my brothers-and-sisters-in Christ!  The Light which came into the world over two thousand years ago still shines in the darkness as bright as ever before for men to see and wonder at and follow.  More and more people are turning away from that Light because their deeds are evil and evil loves the darkness, but that does not keep the Light from shining to illuminate our paths.

     Jesus, in his birth, life, death and resurrection has overcome evil.  Sin remains on earth only as long as God allows it to; it is strengthening at present only because Satan knows his end is near and he is rampaging on the earth like a “roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”  No matter what heinous crimes are committed or ridiculous and ungodly laws are passed, we are victors in Christ!  By all means, fight the evil wherever it must be faced in the name of God, but remember that evil cannot extinguish the light.  The time will come–I believe soon–when we will no longer be allowed to be heard. Recent legislation in Europe and the US suggests that wicked principalities are preparing to criminalize what God has ordained as right.  Stand strong and do not fear what man can do.  The Light will continue to shine and Jesus, who’s humble birth in a manger we are about to celebrate, will soon be acknowledged by all living things as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  We may not know the real date of Jesus’ birth, but we know that the early church chose to celebrate it amongst the pagan winter solstice to symbolize the light of Christ defeating the demonic darkness that had such a grip on the people of the world.

     My question for you today is are you going to walk in the darkness or in the Light, and which will fill your heart?  Will you look up as your Redemption draws near or lose yourself in an abyss of anger and hatred?  Will you choose God or evil?  There is no in-between.  It is futile to wage war against our mighty God.  Truth is truth.

Merry Christmas to you all. May the light of God shine upon you and keep you safe and warm in the fight yet to come.



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4 Responses to “A Light Shines In The Darkness”

  1. Robert Fleming Says:
    December 20th, 2013 at 8:42 am

    Excellent and timely as always. I will be including a link to this post in my blog.

  2. Susan Says:
    December 20th, 2013 at 10:06 am

    “By all means, fight the evil wherever it must be faced in the name of God, but remember that evil cannot extinguish the light. ”

    As Robert said “excellent and timely.” You’ve remained true to Christ and the Message and as always you do an admirable job dear Melissa!

  3. Shirley Says:
    December 20th, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Thank you for these words of comfort and encouragement. “Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord” comes to mind, when I read this post. Your words are what I call a hug from Heaven – a loving reminder – to continue to run the race with courage because God is still and will ever be in control. Merry Christmas, Watchman. Keep shining for Jesus!

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