Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Living in the Light

So much of what goes on in our culture involves darkness. People seem to associate darker movies, shows, books and ideas as essentially more real than their lighter counterparts. Whatever happened to the days when people wanted to live in the light. The bible says "the people who walk in darkness Will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land, The light will shine on them"(Isaiah 9:2).

Ancient Israel lived in the shadow of their decisions, but when Jesus came into the world he was the light of the world. He is and always was the light of the world. Many of us think that light comes from the sun or from some other celestial body. However these lights can only illuminate the outside world. The world within remains in darkness apart from Christ. Jesus says "I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life."

With Halloween approaching many people will celebrate the darkness in this world when they celebrate a holiday that corresponds with Samhain the Celtic holiday of the harvest. In ancient Celtic culture Samhain marked the beginning of what many saw as the start of the dark part of the year, a time when the world between the living and the dead merged and spirits walked the earth.

As we approach All Hallows Eve perhaps we should think about how Christ came into this world so that world of the dead would melt away as the light of life illuminates the hearts and minds of his people.

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