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"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning."
John 1.1

 

 

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LETTERS TO INTERCESSORS

(Studies In The Word)

2008_01

"Light In The Darkness"


Our Indian friend Wilson has opened our eyes to a very simple thing that we do on a birthday - we blow out the candles, we extinguish the light! Whereas we should be placing the emphasis on the lighting of the candles, the creating of the light, the bringing of light into the darkness. From now on we will be encouraging the lighting of the candles not their extinguishing. Is it not amazing how the ‘enemy’ distorts biblical truth and alters our actions! God’s first action after the creation, his first action, was the command “Let there be light,” Genesis 1.3.

If we had the opportunity to enter into the tabernacle and later the temple, the most amazing thing that would have caught our attention in the Holy Place, was the great golden menorah with all its light blazing forth (Exodus 25.31-40). Even today, the lighting of the candles on Friday is a fundamental part of Jewish custom. And then in the seven famous ‘I Am’ sayings of Jesus in the Gospel of St John we find Jesus stating that

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

(John 8.12, the second of the ‘I, I am’ sayings that declare the divinity of Jesus).

When I was in the mining world back in the 1980's, I was down one of the deep South African mines in Welkom, about a mile down. I thought that it would be interesting to see what total blackness was like, so I let our party go on ahead of me until their lights were no longer showing and then I turned off my own lamp. Wow! A total absence of light is appalling and terrifying. I turned my lamp on pretty quickly.

On another occasion, in the Magadigadi depression in Botswana, one of the most desolate places on earth, I went out at night to see how dark it was. But above me was the blaze of the Milky Way and, much more interestingly, the flamboyant display of the Southern Cross proclaiming to all in the Southern Hemisphere, the power of the Cross of Christ. Jesus is bound up in light.

We have all seen the way sin obscures the light of Christ so that we try and walk in darkness. We can see on one another’s faces those walking in darkness and those walking in light. One of the greatest joys in life was bringing someone out of darkness into light. Truly Isaiah reflected the reality as he wrote in Isaiah 9.2

‘The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.’

The great Easter custom of baptism at dawn is a profound way of demonstrating the impact that Jesus has on our lives. Just prior to dawn the candidates make their profession of faith and as they speak the words of turning from their evil ways, they physically turn to the east just as the sun rises and dawn washes over them in a blaze of light. What a memorable reality of the power of Jesus to change lives.

Christmas resounds to those extraordinarily powerful words in John 1.3-5


Through him all things were made;
without him nothing was made that has been made.
In him was life, and that life was the life of men.
The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.

Have you ever noticed that light always totally overcomes darkness. We need to hold onto this truth particularly in the face of the tremendous amount of stigma associated with HIV/AIDS.

There is a darkness of misinformation, of fear, of anger, of apathy, of spiritual illness, that has to be dispelled by the light that Jesus brings, by the hope that Jesus brings, by the discipline that Jesus brings in relaying truth not lies, truth not misinformation. We need to apply the truth of Kingdom Living and Kingdom Sexuality into the darkness surrounding political correctness, even political correctness within the church that fosters the devil’s work and not the Lord’s work!

It is essential that we see that God is allowing HIV/AIDS and that the devil is endeavouring to make things worse. We need to change our ways with respect to God, and then we need to resist the prince of darkness until he flees. Prayer is essential for this.

 

End Note

Easter is almost upon us and we wish to share how Good Friday could be called ‘the day of love’ because of the many ways Jesus revealed his love for us from the Cross.


God’s love for the crucifier’s
God’s love for the thief
God’s love for his mother
God’s love for his disciples
and God’s love for you!


We would encourage you to look through the Scriptures and see the importance that God places upon light and on the overcoming of darkness. In the field of HIV/AIDS, there is a great need for truth to reach the light of day. HIV/AIDS has revealed the need for light and truth in the areas of human sexuality like no other disease and we are praying that in all things we will bring the light of the Lord into every situation so that the truth is revealed.

Bless you all and have a joyful Easter as the light of Jesus shines into our lives and transforms them.