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John 12:46 – I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness. (NKJV)
John 1:5 – The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has never put it out. (GNT)
Advent begins tomorrow, November 29th, in this year of our Lord Jesus Christ, 2015. One of the features of Advent in many churches is an Advent wreath, with a candle lit on each of the four Sundays leading up to Christmas. No thanks to the terrorists of this world, what is desperately needed is some light, specifically The Light, who is none other than Christ Jesus. The candles remind us that Christ is the light that this very dark world needs. It decidedly needs the peace which passes understanding that can be gained only by coming to the Prince of Peace Himself, none other than Jesus Christ. When the world accepts Him and His way of living, then and only then, will this world find real peace.
This became evident on November 13th, 2015, when terrorists tore apart Paris, France, the city known to honeymooners everywhere as the city of love, killing over 129 people. Likewise, we were reminded by commentators that on October 31st, 2015, a jet airbus crashed in the Sinai Peninsula, killing 224 people, including an infant, an act attributed to terrorists. More recently, attacks in Africa and threats in Belgium continue to cause anxiety and heartbreak in the world.
Thus, we clearly see that what this violence-torn world needs most desperately is peace, but not the wishy-washy peace that capitulates to darkness while cowering in a corner in an attempt to gain peace at any price, but instead true peace — the peace which knowing Christ Jesus brings.
The hope of this writer centres on the return of Christ in person when He sets His feet upon the Mount of Olives and institutes His reign of peace. At that point, because Christ, Who is the light of this world, will have come once again, this world will be permeated with the peace that passes understanding.
Until that day, let us attempt to be little lights that point to Christ Who is the true and only way out of the darkness for everyone. Jesus Himself said,
Matthew 5:16 – Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father in heaven. (NKJV)
Therefore, let us pray:
- for this dark world to be flooded with the light of Christ;
- for the wounded to be healed;
- for the mourners to be comforted;
- for peace to prevail in this violence-riddled world.
Prayer: Father God, we lift this terribly fractured world into the light of Your love, praying for peace and for the healing of those who are wounded, crushed in bodies, confused in their minds, suffering broken hearts, and wandering this world with lost souls. We pray especially for those impacted by recent violence and war. Lord God, grant us peace, for we pray in the name of the Prince of Peace, Your Son our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.