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Sunday, September 6, 2015

Jesus brings us hope to our Dark Time!

In Luke 7, John the Baptist is tired and weary while stuck in jail so he seeks Jesus' presence. In verse 22 Jesus says, “Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard.”

Jesus is our hope. When all seems lost, when the situation could not be worse–Jesus is our hope. The presence of God brings light to the dark times. Consider the perspective of the caterpillar. He has lived a lowly life–just crawling along, trying to make it from one point to the next. Suddenly he feels anxious. If something does not change soon, he will burst! So, he begins to work frantically, not really understanding what he is doing.

Before he knows what has happened, he finds himself closed in–imprisoned. He struggles frantically, wanting nothing but to be free. He pushes against the walls, begging God to let him out. Then, when all seems lost, he breaks free and finds he has wings, and can now fly. Note that should the caterpillar be freed from his cocoon too soon–before he has worked out the fluids of metamorphosis–then he will forever be a bloated butterfly, unable to fly.

Sometimes the dark times that seem to plague us are those that God is using to form us into men and women of greatness, well equipped to serve and honor the kingdom of God. This is not a call to complacency, however. While we are always content in Jesus, we are called to struggle against our flesh, and against the evil that surrounds us and would devour us. We continue in the battle, knowing our hope lies in Jesus!

Jesus brings light to our dark times by giving us hope! Dark times come to all of us. His presence carries us through it. You know I love ya, Don

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