I don’t know about you, but I don’t do too well when the power goes out at night. If I know there is a storm coming, I prepare, of course – but in those few moments in my life when a power outtage came out-of-the-blue? Well, it wasn’t pretty.
I stumbled around trying to search for a candle, flashlight, lantern…something to provide some direction. Especially when we lived in rural Virginia. It was DARK! In the process, I’d hurt myself by crashing into things, knock stuff over, and unintentionally break important things to me. And then there are times when other people in the dark collide with you. Not pretty!
I couldn’t see.
If this week has taught us anything, it’s that we live in a very dark world. And there’s a whole lot of people stumbling around in it. Some hurt themselves by their own actions and choices, others end up wandering about and getting hurt among other dark places in the world, or breaking things that are important to them, and then there are those who live so far in the darkness, they collide with us and leave a mark. Scar. Ever-present pain.
What do we do when the lights are out?
We look for a light.
Thankfully, for the darkness in our hearts and in this world, we didn’t know where to look – so God provided One. One we celebrate this time of year. One who came into a world just as dark as this one and brought an eternal hope. He fulfilled a Promise God had given from the dawn of time.
You see, because our greatest need wasn’t a ‘wise teacher’ – even though Jesus was one.
Our greatest need wasn’t a good Guide – even though He fulfills that description too.
Our greatest need wasn’t a comforting prayer or a set of beatitudes, although Christ provided those.
Our greatest need was to be rescued from the dark.
And he PIERCED the darkness on a rescue mission to break through thousands of sin-stained years.
He did not leave us to stumble and die in the dark.
The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
a light has dawned.
Praise God for the hope of Jesus!
Hope for those carrying the wounds of dark choices.
Hope for those weeping from being lost. so long in the shadows.
Hope for those mourning from the pain left behind when the darkness breaks pieces of their lives.
The Rescuer has come.