Fresh Hope – Day 252

We have just returned from our family holiday.

Days of sunshine turned quickly to the dead of night there within a few short minutes.

As the early evenings approached, it gave an almost eerie feel to the mountainous terrain surrounding us for miles around.

Driving through the built-up area of shops and restaurants at night, there was just one thing that stood out…an illuminated cross, way up on the top of one of the mountains for all to see.

It was a sight to behold, as this simple yet magnificent symbol of freedom seemingly hung in the sky.

The reality is that a church in the area had paid to have the cross placed and illuminated there as a constant reminder of Jesus’s love for all.

We’ve been to that area a number of times now and each time we have tried to find the cross in the day time, but all to no avail -it’s as if the cross is invisible in the light of day.

Every time I think about the significance of the cross of Jesus now, I’m drawn to this example of how total darkness provides the very backdrop for the cross to shine.

That’s exactly what God intended when His only Son suffered the cruelest of deaths at the hands of men.

On that day, history records that the earth went dark as this most incredible one time event illuminated the sky forever.

Today, no matter what dark time you may be passing through, remember that Jesus is there to light your way.

If our lives were all just plain sailing with no pain, sadness or difficulty then we have to ask how many of us would seek out Jesus.

Is it not the very presence of our current darkness that draws us to the light of Jesus?

Light will always shine brightest in the darkest places.

John 8:12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’

Pastor Mark

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