|Those Were The Days-Journey from Darkness to Light"|
|Monday, April 01, 2013 8:12 AM|
It was Palm Sunday, 1990. I had written an Easter musical drama called “Feel the Nails” and was so excited to have the opportunity to present it at the church we attended in Marietta, Ohio. Two young boys and I were dressed in Biblical costumes and I was singing a song titled “Watch The Lamb.” While singing about the crucifixion of Christ, I noticed some of the people seated in the front row were laughing like something was funny. It seemed to me to be a bit out of place for them to be smiling and giggling when I was singing such a moving song. Later, as we watched the video of the presentation, we saw what they thought was so funny. One of the boys had sneezed as I was singing and had some “stuff” running out of his nose that he was trying to figure out what to do with!
I’m glad that God has given us the ability to laugh, to cry, to love, to feel and to express our emotions. Christians know that we are to walk by faith and not allow feelings of fear or failure overwhelm us. The Easter story reminds us that no matter how hopeless it looks we can be overcomers. We can journey from darkness to light.
Jesus was arrested, beaten, tried, convicted and executed as if He were a criminal. His disciples and others had seen Jesus heal people, walk on water, even raise the dead, but now His lifeless body hung on a cross! When that happened, in the words of the Gospel of Matthew “darkness came over all the land.”
Maybe you know what that feels like. If that is the case, I want you to know there is hope. Easter and the story of resurrection and salvation tell us that we can be saved from the darkness of confusion and enter into the light of a new commission. You may be downhearted, confused, even depressed about many things, but if you have invited the risen Christ into your heart and life, many things become clear. The resurrection of Jesus tells us, among other things, that this life is not all there is. It tells us that death is not the end. It tells us that if we hope in Christ, all our hopes can be revived. It tell us that our Savior, Jesus Christ, has triumphed over the worst that this world could do to Him and so can we! Our commission is to tell others of the hope we and others can have because of Jesus.
Easter tells us that we can be saved from the darkness of fear and enter into the light of a new presence and peace. After the crucifixion, the disciples were behind locked doors because they were afraid. Think about that. Peter, the one who had walked on water, was behind locked doors because he was afraid. James, one of the “sons of thunder” was behind locked doors because he was afraid. John, who had stood by Jesus to the bitter end, was behind locked doors because he was afraid. They were all afraid just as you and I sometimes are. The risen Jesus appeared to them and said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” He banished their fears with His presence and peace…and he gave them the Holy Spirit, by whom His presence would continue with them even after He ascended to heaven. Are you afraid today? You don’t have to be. Jesus can remove your fears and give you peace that passes all understanding.
Easter tells us that we can be saved from the darkness of doubt and enter into the light of a new beginning. It reminds us that we can make a comeback from fear, failure, sin, and defeat. We can make a comeback from the journey into darkness. We can enter into the light of a new beginning when our eyes are opened to the risen Christ. Thomas, one of the disciples ,doubted that Jesus was alive, but when Jesus appeared to Thomas, He told him to “stop doubting and believe.” Jesus also wants you and I to stop doubting and believe!
I hope that you have opened your eyes, your heart, your life to Jesus. If you have not, I hope you will. Jesus wants you to let Him guide you from darkness to light, from confusion, fear and doubt to a new commission, a new presence and peace in your life, and a new beginning for you! Easter reminds us that we can “Journey from Darkness to Light!”