Journey through Darkness with the Joy of Christ

Journey through Darkness with the Joy of Christ

Ever get lost on a dark country road? The directions might be vague or the streets are poorly lit or not lit at all. Yet you know the general direction of where you need to go so you keep driving, hoping to pick the right way.

Life is pretty similar to that sometimes. We get lost, depressed, ill or experience general malaise. And there are so many solutions, offers, quick-fixes that claim to cure what ails us.

But when it comes to spiritual matters, there is only one fix. One solution with a proven cure — Jesus! When we are doubting, feeling alone, angry at the world – we need only to look to Jesus.

Christ is our light in this dark world. He already traveled the dark road for us. He bore our suffering and grief and took the judgement for us all.

Look to Jesus! We find him in Scripture, for example Psalm 119 reminds us that “thy Word is a lamp unto my feet” and today’s sermon text from Isaiah 50 shares a similar message:

The Lord God has given me
    the tongue of those who are taught,
that I may know how to sustain with a word
    him who is weary.
Morning by morning he awakens;
    he awakens my ear
    to hear as those who are taught.
The Lord God has opened my ear,
    and I was not rebellious;
    I turned not backward.
I gave my back to those who strike,
    and my cheeks to those who pull out the beard;
I hid not my face
    from disgrace and spitting.

But the Lord God helps me;
    therefore I have not been disgraced;
therefore I have set my face like a flint,
    and I know that I shall not be put to shame.
    He who vindicates me is near.
Who will contend with me?
    Let us stand up together.
Who is my adversary?
    Let him come near to me.
Behold, the Lord God helps me;
    who will declare me guilty?
Behold, all of them will wear out like a garment;
    the moth will eat them up.

10 Who among you fears the Lord
    and obeys the voice of his servant?
Let him who walks in darkness
    and has no light
trust in the name of the Lord
    and rely on his God.

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