Sunday, March 05, 2006

Daniel 9:3-10; Psalm 103; Hebrews 2:10-18;
John 12:44-50

“I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.” (John 12: 46.)

When light is introduced into the darkness, things are illuminated. That place can be a physical place, but most assuredly Jesus is speaking of the inner places. At one time or another, most (if not all) of us have been in a dark place in our respective lives.

Perhaps as a child you played the game of hide and seek, and later as an adult with young children. When I have played with my young grandchildren, they have often hid where they could be seen by me. But they thought that since they didn’t see me, the reverse was also true.

I venture to say that many of us continue to play the game on a regular basis – alone. We do not want others to know that we are lost and seeking the way out of whatever holds us captive. But just like I could see my grandchildren, God sees us wherever we are.

Jesus shared our humanity by experiencing temptation, which better equipped him to help us with our own temptations. In Hebrews 2:18, it reads: “Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.”

Jesus is the one who can show us the way out of our personal darkness. We have only to invite him to come into our hearts. Only then will we hear the calm, quiet voice of God calling us to the life he has purposed for us – a life without fear.

Will you allow him into your heart this Lenten season? He is waiting, where you can find him – in the light.


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