Life Through the Lens: Light and love eliminate darkness

Kevin Schrapel looks back on Easter, a time when light emerged out of a dark time.

This post was contributed by Kevin Schrapel.

He was murdered by being nailed to a cross.

He was taken down and put in a grave in the side of a hill.

A massive stone was rolled across the entrance, and darkness took over where Jesus lay.

Everyone – soldiers, the Roman governor, family, followers and friends – thought it was all over.

Jesus was dead.

However, as often happens when Jesus is involved, the unexpected happened.

Early Sunday morning, friends of Jesus’ went to the grave.

The massive stone was rolled away.

The body of Jesus was gone.

Then, suddenly, he was right there, not recognised until he was standing close; then there was recognition, and light came back into his friends’ lives.

As we shine a light on something in the dark, and we get closer and more focused, more detail emerges.

It’s the same with Jesus, the difference being that we don’t have to work at getting closer to him – he comes to us, and brings with him forgiveness and a new relationship with himself and his heavenly father, your heavenly father, God.

He says in Revelations 3:20:

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

If you are willing to just give Jesus a go at being in your life, he will keep his promise to become part of your life and make a change in your life.

In the Bible, Jesus says, “I am the light of the world; whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).

Let the light of Jesus’ love shine and focus on your life; you will see where he can bring light and change to your life.

Are you feeling second-rate or picked-on?

Talk to Jesus about it and be prepared to have the light of his love help you focus on the causes of these feelings and fears.

Maybe you would like to show more care to others but are too self-conscious.

Ask Jesus to shine a light on your life and help you see the care you may already be spreading around, and thank him for it.

With the light of Jesus’ love shining into our lives, by letting him get closer and help us focus our lives, we will see in more detail the impact his love can bring.

Not only will we see this, but others will see it in us: more love, more joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Jesus said he would not stay in the grave; he didn’t.

He said he would bring light into lives; he does.

Let his love eliminate the dark areas of your life and live!

God bless you.

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