Hopelessness is fatal. When we lose hope, we die, if not physically, then for sure spiritually. Those without hope are the living dead.
Jesus, Emmanuel – God with us, came to redeem us from our terminal disease of sin and rebellion. Without His rescue, we are without hope.
When we have hope, then we have life. Jesus spoke words of life. He embodied them. He lived them.
The Word gave life to everything that was created,
Â Â Â Â and his life brought light to everyone.
The light shines in the darkness,
Â Â Â Â and the darkness can never extinguish it. John 1:4-5
These words were penned by “the beloved disciple” well after he had witnessed theÂ resurrection of Christ. John knew first hand the Light that was Jesus could not be extinguished.
His hope was in the reality he had witnessed of life conquering death.Â Hope fuels life and change and freedom.
This epiphany season, let the hope of new life fill your spirit. Not in circumstances, not in “a new year”, but in the reality that God loves you so much he gave you the Word, that is life and light, Jesus Christ.
Let your light shine today!
About Season Of Light
I am writing a devotional series called â€œSeason of Lightâ€ (#SeasonOfLife) during the beginning of 2016, focusing on the 40 day season of Epiphany (from January 6 â€“ February 10). Weâ€™ll explore the major biblical themes ofÂ the beginning of Jesus ministry, and Iâ€™ll comment as the Holy Spirit inspires. This is for the purpose of growing in our relationship with the Lord. My desire â€“ my hope and prayer for you â€“ is that yourÂ heart may expand and your spirit grow brighter as we seek to be filled with the knowledge and presence of God. So, I invite you to join me on the â€œSeason of Lightâ€ journey!
Often Iâ€™ll be inspired by a scripture from the Daily Audio Bible readings and use that as a writing prompt. Hereâ€™s theÂ DAB readings for January 27:Â Exodus 5:22-7:24; Matthew 18:21-19:12; Psalms 23:1-6; Proverbs 5:22-23
Our church is also on a reading plan of four chapters per day, starting in the New Testament. Today isÂ John 5-8.