Thought for the week
“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light.” (Isaiah 9:1)
I have never liked getting up on dark winter mornings and we are rapidly approaching the shortest day of winter when there is far more darkness than daylight. The same can be said about the world in which we live where there so much darkness that seems to extinguish the light. The apostle John tells us that “men love darkness instead of light because their deeds are evil.” (John 3:19) But John also tells us that Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12) He assures us that, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness will never be able to overcome it.” (John 1:5) It will soon be the season of Advent when we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ at Christmas time. It is in the birth of Jesus Christ that the prophesy of Isaiah is fulfilled. He is the one who reveals the great light of the glory of God so that our darkness can be dispelled. If you are walking in darkness look to Jesus in faith. Trust in his promise that those who believe in him find forgiveness of sin and eternal life. “If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, God’s Son, purifies us from all sin.”
Rev. George Cringles Minister of Coll with Connel
Church of Scotland.