We are living in seemingly dark times. The evil of ISIS has shocked even the most sturdiest of men I know, men who have seen the horrors of war and its ravages. My son warned of this evil in his second article, “Freedom Feels Good”:

    “I have lost very close friends over here. I don’t want their lives to have been given in vain. Simply put, we are fighters. We are all in the same place for various reasons, for me, it’s personal. I am in a modern day crusade to exterminate evil. People whose atrocities I cannot even begin to name cannot be allowed to exist among us. As long as these people are here, everything that is just and good is at risk.”

Darkness is the absence of light. However, when we look to man for light, we find only temporary relief from the darkness, if we find any light at all. What mankind so desperately needs is an eternal light, a light that is always illuminating and never-ending. We find that light in the Lord Jesus Christ:

    “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:4)

Jesus is the light of men. This is another prophecy from God fulfilled in the life of Jesus Christ. Throughout the Old Testament we see a promised, coming light. The Prophet Malachi shared:

    “But to you who fear My name the Sun of Righteousness shall arise
 with healing in His wings; and you shall go out and grow fat like stall-fed calves.” (Malachi 4:2)

When Jesus came to earth, the great light promised by God shone brought for all to see. He still shines from the pages of the New Testament for those with eyes to see and ears to hear. No matter how dire your situation or how dark your predicament the Light of Jesus Christ can find you:

    “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined.” (Isaiah 9:2)

Does Isaiah chapter 9 seem familiar to you for some reason? Read down to verse 6 and you’ll recognize a verse that has come to be known as a “Christmas verse.” The very child born and Son given spoken of in verse 6 is the great light promised in verse 2.

Some may have difficulty linking Old Testament prophecies of a coming Messiah to the life of Jesus Christ, so our Lord made sure He cleared up any confusion when He spoke of Himself:

    “Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.’” (John 8:12)

Have you been walking in the darkness, searching for an eternal light? Does it seem like every time you find a little light in your life, darkness always seems to overcome it? The light you seek is not found in man or anything created by man. The Light is found in the Lord Jesus Christ. To find it, you must simply believe in Him. These are not my words; they are the Lord’s:

    “I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.” (John 12:46)

Dear friend, stop trying to manufacture your own light. Go to the light of men. Jesus Christ is our Righteousness and our Redeemer. Only through Him will you find a resting place, an oasis of never-ending light to guide you through this life and life hereafter.

Go to Him now…

In Christ
Ps. 37:4

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