The Message

By PASTOR LUIS CARTAGEN,
Light and Darkness
 
Although we do not know the date of the birth of Jesus Christ, we celebrate a date accepted by the universal Christian church since the time of the Roman Empire. It seems to be related to the solstice of December 21. From that day there will be more sunlight or the days will begin to be “longer” in the northern hemisphere, in which we are located. But the date itself does not matter because we celebrate the birth of Jesus as the light of the world. “Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12 ESV)
It is the light of God that came to enlighten all human beings who walk in a world of spiritual darkness and immorality and corruption. Just read the headlines of any media outlet and you will realize the darkness. For believers there is a different world where there is no place for such darkness and where the Word inspired by God is responsible for guiding us. “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. I have sworn an oath and confirmed it to keep your righteous rules.” (Psalm 119:105-105 ESV) The time of stress in which there is no vision, no insight, no sensing of the presence of God (as today’s world) is the time to stand firm in faith with God, and God will do all the rest. “They will fight against you, but they shall not prevail against you, for I am with you, declares the Lord, to deliver you.” (Jeremiah 1:19 ESV)
We live in a time when it is good to stop and meditate on the way we walk, and pray that God will indicate where to go. Many times we do not realize we have walked on dark roads where there is no real light of life. A new year is approaching, and for most, nothing will change because they will continue on the same path they have been traveling. The world has a bright light that tries to attract us by beckoning us to a cliff where we will find the death of our spirits. “And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.” (John 3:19 ESV)
However, the best news is always within reach with Jesus who saves us. “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” (John 3:17 ESV) In this season many are depressed with the cold, cloudy days. However, for those who have Christ in their hearts, the Word is always a support for the light that is in it. “But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” (John 3:21 ESV)
May God bless you.

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