Light Shines in the Darkness

August 24, 2017 | by: Pastor Jonathan Riddle | 0 comments

Tags: Life at the Cross

Light Shines in the Darkness

This past Monday our family awoke very early and trekked our way up to Santee, South Carolina. For the last several months, it was our plan to view the Eclipse in 100% totality. To our surprise, we discovered even when the Sun is 98% covered there is not much difference with a normal sunny day. To have a once in a lifetime opportunity within our reach was too much to pass up. The weather reports indicated that Santee would be mostly cloudy but we went anyway and it paid off. My oldest son said it was one of the greatest moments of his life. Click here to view the video of our experience. It scarcely does justice to how stunning it really was. The Eclipse was one of the most beautiful things I have ever witnessed, it gives even more meaning to King David's decree "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands."

There are many lessons, but one stands alone, the power of light. The sun was almost completely blocked and yet just a sliver of light still illumined the sky. The simple science is that light always wins when faced by darkness. The Apostle John wrote and compared the coming Messiah to a great light, "The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has never been able to overcome it."

Thousands of years later the light of Christ is still changing hearts and minds. Jesus said, "You are the light of the world-a city on a hill that cannot be hidden... so let your light shine for all the world to see, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven."  We have seen this great light, a light burning so brightly by God's Grace, 'as I trust shall never be put out.'