Friday 27 November 2020
"The people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.”
In 2010, 33 Chilean miners were trapped more than 700m underground for a record 69 days. What took place in that rescue has been described as miraculous, especially after a further tunnel collapse as the rescue efforts began. Incredibly after 17 days the first contact was made with the men, what a hope that must have inspired in them that rescue was possible. The site on the surface became known as the camp of Hope, and Imagine the Joy on day 69 when finally, they were brought out of the mine one by one breaking out into the sunlight. What a powerful picture of hope and salvation that God has promised and delivers.
Hope is a powerful thing. It inspires us to do the impossible and helps us carry on during difficult times. Today is the first Sunday of Advent, the first candle to be lit is called the Hope candle, it reminds us of the hope of Jesus Christ the Saviour, the light of the world that was being promised through the Old Testament writers, in a way like the miners who saw the hope of rescue was near.
If you have come to know Jesus as your Lord and Saviour then you have been rescued out the darkness where there is no Hope and been brought into God’s amazing Light, Jesus has come as Light into this dark world, so that everyone who believes in Him will not remain in darkness. So, you have everything to hope for. It’s a hope that is certain, reliable like a giant anchor holding firm a boat in a storm and it’s a hope that lifts our thinking heavenward to Jesus’ return and the time when we will see fully, the Glory of our God and king, and the darkness of evil, sin and death that cast their shadow over our world will be finally gone and His light will drive those shadows from our weary hearts and transform us!
There is an uplifting song of hope called “When Christ our life appears, by Sovereign Grace, do listen to the words and let them fill you with Hope afresh today.
Isaiah 9 v 1-7
“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.”