The Darkness is Coming
Can you hear them? Can you smell the excitement, the heat, the celebration? The crowds are pushing and shoving to get to the front. If only they can view the great man entering into the city. A celebrity; if ever there was one, the man who raised another man from the dead after four days. The mighty anticipation of something great to behold as the crowds look to Jesus to save them, they are ready to place Him upon the throne. They are ready to commit, to swear allegiance; as anyone who can raise a man from the dead can surely save their world and protect them. But the heat, the excitement, and the light are fading as the day wears on. The crowds disperse and settle in as the darkness comes and the darkness will soon descend upon them like no other darkness ever has.
Darkness, the word itself, conjures images of bad things; the evils of the world and the evils of the underworld. But with the darkness also comes its opposite, the light. The good that pushes the bad darkness back. When we look at the celebrations of today, Palm Sunday, it is daunting to realize how quickly the tide will turn and the evil of darkness will descend, as we move through the week. The excited crowds of today who cheered Christ through the streets will put forth a cry of darkness as they yell to ”Crucify Him” by the end of the week. The darkness will surround the situation quickly, leaving the believers empty, lost, and frightened. But within a short span of time the light will shine again. Just three days after the darkness of all time comes, the incredible light of glory shines brighter than ever before. The darkness has a time limit.
The time limit of darkness still stands today and this is the hope that rushes in with the belief of Christ and the knowledge that the darkness will end. Christ is the light that will dispel the darkness for those with Him in their hearts, but a decision must be made before the time limit runs out. Too often with spirituality we think of time as limitless, a there is an “always tomorrow” attitude, but we cannot afford to warrant this attitude and the darkness that will follow the unbeliever.
How long before the light of Christ rushes in to save the believers and the darkness swamps the unbelievers is known to no one, which is exactly why no one should delay their decision. Just like the story of the man who had headaches. He went to his doctor to find out why he was having such severe headaches. The doctor ran some tests and after a few hours called the man into his office. ”I have terrible news,” he told the man. ”Your condition is terminal.” ”Oh no,” the man cried, ”How long do I have?” ”Ten,” the doctor said. ”Ten what?” the patient interrupted, ”Days, months, years?” ”Nine,” continued the doctor, ”eight, seven, six”¦” There will come a time when there is no more time and not one of us knows when that will occur. We will either descend into darkness or be rescued by the light.
It is only by Christ that we find salvation and without Him the darkness will overtake us. (1 John 5:11-12) It is time we recognize that we do not have forever to make this decision and that any day, at any time; our time here on earth can suddenly end. We will either find ourselves dancing in the light of God or the anguish of the darkness. The choice is ours.
This week’s focus verse has a sense of urgency to it and it is the urgency that should prompt us to make a personal decision and then to allow our decision of accepting the light to shine clearly in the dark to help others see where they are going. Life is uncertain but we know that there will be a time in which the darkness will come. It is only through Christ that we will see the eternal light. Our paths will be lit well with the acceptance of Christ and then we can see clearly where we are going.
Those who walk in the darkness cannot see where they are going. John 12:35c (NLT)
In the Darkness
It is difficult to see where you are going in the darkness. There is a great amount of frustration if you are suddenly left without light and a strong sense of urgency to gain it when it is no longer available. Last week I arrived home one evening to discover we had no power. I like to think that I do not need such modern-day conveniences and that I am perfectly capable of life without electricity. But if I am being honest, I am a bit spoiled with my ”flip the switch” life style so to arrive home to find no power, really baffled me.
The light outside was quickly fading and to make matters worse I had to prepare dinner as we had nothing to substitute for a meal as everything was raw or uncooked. Interestingly though, that was not my first priority. I first, needed to understand what exactly was going on and if I was the only one affected.
My first call was to a neighbor who confirmed that I was not alone in this plight of nonelectrical service. My second call was to the power company to make a report of the absence, find out what the situation was, and more importantly, how long it was going to last. The funny thing about my second call was that I had to look up the number and since the light was quickly diminishing I found myself going through the house flipping the light switches upÂ in order to see better. I only discovered that there was still no electricity. The light continued to fade and I had to search for flashlights just to be able to see the phone number. The light was important because I could not see where I was going or what I was doing in the darkness.
When I left that day I did not expect to arrive back home to find that we had no electricity. I had not prepared for that possibility and now I had no way to prepare food for my family in the darkness that was to follow, among the other things I considered necessary. It is important that we take heed to the impending possibilities of darkness and live our life knowing that the darkness can arrive at any moment. If however we have Christ in our life, we will not have to fear the darkness and we can move forward in the light.
The light of Christ will shine clearly on our path so that we can see where we are going while we are here in this world and know with full confidence that once we arrive in eternity the full light will always surround us. Once we have accepted the gift of light and made a firm commitment to Christ for ourselves, it is important that we consistently show and reflect the light of Christ through our actions for others to see. There is an urgency that we make this decision today, for if we have not, we may find ourselves unprepared as we do not know what the next moment will bring.
When my electricity came back online later that evening, the first thing I did was turn on the light. I didn’t just turn on one light I turned them all on, as it was important to me that I could see clearly what I was doing and where I was going. I love the light. I also want to share the light with others. I want others to be able to see the light of Christ through my actions and through my life.
Lessons of the Dancing Flower
A friend of mine recently gave my daughter this silly little plastic flower in a pot that has a solar panel. The solar panel collects light rays and uses them for energy to make the flower dance back and forth. Not only does the flower sway back and forth but the leaves jump up and down making the flower appear incredibly joyful. This silly little gift has become a source of amusement for all of us as we have moved it from place to place to experiment with how fast or slow the flower will dance, based on the surrounding light. We have discovered that even on cloudy days as long as the flower faces the light it will continue to dance. If however we turn the flower so it does not face the light it will not dance.
There is a lesson to be learned through this dancing flower. When you face and hold the light of Christ, you too, can dance in the light. Even on days where life seems to want to press the darkness in, when you hold true to the light, you can still dance. The key to dancing in the semi-darkness is to continue to face the light. When you face the light, you can find the strength to dance, and not only will you dance, you will bring joy to those around you who can watch you dance in the light.
You cannot see where to go in the darkness, so make the unquestionable decision now to face the light. Be motivated to dance so not only you can see, but so your light will cast a strong reflection for others too. And know with confidence that even when the cloudy days come with their darkness, that the light of Christ will warm and guide you to eternity.
Each day a gift of time is freely handed to you. It is one of the few things that you will receive for free in this world. There is no amount of money that can buy you extra time making it extra precious.
What will you do with this priceless treasure?
Will you face the light and dance?
Love in Christ,
We are always complaining that our days are few, and acting as though there would be no end.
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Are you dancing in the light or allowing darkness to surround you? Do you allow the light of Christ to shine so not only you can see but others too can follow your path? Do you feel a sense of urgency to follow the light and help others accept the light so they too may not find themselves surrounded in darkness? Join us in discussion on the great importance of dispelling darkness today.