The Light Shines Through the Darkness

The Light Shines Through the Darkness

This Good Friday, as we remember and honor Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for you and for me, I hope we also recognize that we are blessed to see the light that shines through the darkness of this day. It’s important we acknowledge the darkness that Good Friday represents and the magnitude of all that Christ endured for our sins, to do anything less would be slapping God in the face for the wonderful, free gift that He offered on our behalf. Yet we are also fortunate to know that we have reason to celebrate because we know in three days, Christ was raised from the dead and now lives at the right hand of the Father and intercedes on our behalf!

“Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.’ ” John 8:12 NASB

I wonder what it would have been like to be the family and friends mourning for Jesus not fully understanding what His death meant, not fully understanding what He said about rising in three days and not fully grasping what His death and resurrection would mean to the world? I wonder how different people today would prepare and behave if we lived in that world of not seeing the light that shines through the darkness?

Today, even believers take this amazing sacrifice for granted. We go about our busy lives, go about making plans for trips to warmer climates, go about visiting with family oftentimes without even considering working in time for reading God’s Word, for attending Easter service or talking about what Easter is really about.

Reflecting on my time in Israel, we went to the place that commemorates where Christ was crucified on Calvary. It was/is a rock quarry and we can see through a glass window where the cross stood. This visual really helps me to remember this day truly happened, it’s not just something I read about in Scripture. I now can picture where Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane,

Garden of Gethsemane

Garden of Gethsemane 

the route He walked to meet with church leaders of that day and the route He walked to Calvary and the cross that awaited Him after having been beaten to within an inch of His life.Jesus Crucifixion site

The place that marks where Jesus hung on the cross, now underneath the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

We are living in dark times right now. A world that is confused, lost and grasping to anything that might make sense to fill that void we were all created to have so we would seek Him. The Bible tells us that things are going to get worse before they get better; that’s hard to imagine. It’s easy to get dragged down into the darkness of murder, terrorism and mayhem around us. Let us remember that the Light does shine through the darkness and He is right here beside us and within us. We remember Him and the sacrifice He gave for our sins this day, and on Sunday, we celebrate the Light that He brought into this world and the eternity with Him that we have to look forward to.

Wishing you a very Happy and blessed Easter!

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Tina Dorward About Tina Dorward

Tina Dorward is a fully-devoted follower of Christ who loves spending time with her husband and two sons and volunteering at her local church. In her free time she reads, writes, paints and cooks.

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  1. Well said, Tina. May we allow God to shine through our lives into a darkened world. Thanks for the reminder that He is in control!

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  2. Beautiful, Tina. Thank you for sharing your thoughtful words and the pictures. I’ve often wondered how Mary must have felt, seeing her son go through this. Thank goodness for the light!

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  3. Tina Dorward says:

    Thanks Cynthia! Happy Easter to you and your family.

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  4. Tina Dorward says:

    Thanks so much Penny! I appreciate the kind words. I have to say now having been to Israel, it definitely sheds all new light on THE LIGHT! Happy Easter to you.

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