December 14, 2014 | Posted in: Devotional

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The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
on them has light shone

And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb.

Living in the Northern Hemisphere affords us a great advent illustration. The nights are long and dark at the moment and it it just so happens at this time of year that we celebrate light.

Whether its the candle in the Christingle service, the lights on our tree or inordinate amounts of Christmas Bling on the outside of our houses light looks so good in the darkness. If you ever buy expensive diamonds the jeweller will always show them off against a black back cloth.

That is the nature of light. It banishes darkness and is set in opposition to it.

There is an old Chinese proverb that says… ‘Do not curse the darkness. Light a candle!’

That is precisely what advent heralds, the dawning of the great light that is Jesus.

We can be Thankful In Advent because Advent prophesies a dawning light for those walking in darkness and living in the land of the shadow of death…, a great light, brighter than all other light, piercing and penetrating, chasing all darkness and shadows until there will be no need for any other light, not even the sun!

 


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The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
on them has light shined. (ESV)


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22 And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. 23 And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. (ESV)

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