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Message from Martinsburg: “The Light in a Dark World!”


By Rev. Larry Thompson,

Pastor Martinsburg Church in Bruin

 

As we approach the celebration of the human birth of Jesus, the promised Messiah and Great Salvation of God, let us ponder the words of the Apostle John: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made (John 1:1-3).” These verses establish not only the Deity of Jesus, but his preincarnate work as the only begotten Son of the one living and true God.

This same Jesus, Immanuel, God with us, is the sole supplier of everlasting life and light to all mankind. The Apostle John speaks to this truth: “In him (Jesus) was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness and the darkness overcame it not (John 1:4-5).

While those outside of Christ manifest physical life, they do not possess the true (everlasting) life that comes only by knowing Jesus as Savior and Lord. This is the truth, Jesus came into the world for one reason and one reason only, to die and provide a way for mankind to be reconciled to God: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, for whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life; for God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved (John 3:16-17).”

Jesus is also the everlasting light of every life that takes hold of him as Savior and Lord. This light of Christ is no ordinary light, it is the light that shineth in darkness and the darkness overcame it not (John 1:5). The eternal light of Jesus cuts through and conquers the darkness and penalty of sin in all that take hold of him as God’s Great Salvation. “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, (and) the wages (penalty) of sin is death (both physical and spiritual), but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ, our Lord (Rom.3:23; 6:23).”

Jesus gives life, light and promise to all who call upon him for salvation: “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out…that of all that (the Father) hath given to me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day (John 6:37,39).”

As we approach the day in which we celebrate the birth of our infant king in Bethlehem, may we solemnly reflect on the words of the Apostle John once again as he speaks of him: “In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness and the darkness overcame it not (John 1:4-5). May all of you enjoy an blessed and joyful Christmas!



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