Lighting Up

Dear People of the Light,

I invite you to read John 9 with regularity. If you have questions about ,“why is there evil and where is God when evil rises up?”, this is a precious portion of scripture.

A man is born blind. The disciples ask Jesus , “Who sinned: this blind man or his parents , causing him to be born blind?” (John 9:2)

There is a human dynamic of focusing on problems and darkness so hard, that you miss the light of Christ that always comes to the darkness. “God's light streamed into the world, but men and women everywhere ran for the darkness” (John 3:19). Do you run for the darkness with such passion that you miss the  “Light of the World,” Jesus the Christ who comes to illuminate the darkest places? It is helpful to acknowledge the darkness and to live in the reality that it exists. However, the darkness does not win, the Light of the World Jesus the Christ sends shafts of light and love to lead the way out of all darkness. Jesus promises to always  bring light to show the way of love and mercy in the midst of all darkness.

Jesus tells us that some theology is just inaccurate and bad. The disciples ask “who sinned to cause the man to be born blind?” Jesus said, “You are asking the wrong question. You’re looking for someone to blame. There is no such cause and effect here. Look instead for what God can do.” (John 9:3,4)

We live in a complicated world where sin and evil can strike anywhere anytime.  Bad things happen to very good people , for no good reason. It is too simple and quite frankly bad theology to point to any darkness in our world and say “everything happens for a reason.”  God did not have a reason to slaughter millions of Jews in World War 2 , and there was no divine reason to shoot up Columbine High School on April 20,1999.  The Triune God does not bring tragedy. Our God offers light, healing and hope to the darkness. 

Jesus says , “When night falls, the workday is over. For as long as I am in the world, there is plenty of light. I am the world's light.” (John 9:4,5)  The cloak of darkness and evil continue to mysteriously move about the world. What Jesus promises is that the darkness does not win. The last word and the victory belongs to Jesus,THE WORLD'S LIGHT!”

Prayers: For all who are traveling this summer, leadership worldwide, The Walters family who are recovering from a tragic car accident, thanksgiving for the Light that comes to all darkness.

Still in One Peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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