Star Wars…Lord of the Rings…Harry Potter…Rocky…DC Comics…XMen…Indiana Jones…Karate Kid…
We love movies that pit good against evil. We love to see impending peril overcome by a knight in shining armor. Why is that?
Because sometimes life is one big, epic battle of Good vs Evil.
We fight temptation all day long. Not just the big stuff. The everyday stuff; the stuff we say that we wished we hadn’t, the stuff we think that we wish we wouldn’t, our attitudes, our feelings and our -largely selfish- desires.
Succumbing to temptaion, back in the day, became spiritual death to all. The destruction and mayhem it caused (and continues to cause) was and is, nearly unceasing.
Then Jesus arrived on the scene, not unlike a knight in shining armor. And he battles death and sin and difficulty in us, with us, and through us daily. By the minute, really. The good guy is on our side!
Not only that, his spirit within us guides, protects, consoles, strengthens, encourages and empowers us! It’s a package deal that is really too good to pass up.
In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. Jn 1:4-5
Remember as a child how scary darkness was? When the power went out, there was a panic, a fear. A single lightbulb, flashlight or candle could mean all the difference.
Jesus Is that light in the midst of our pain, our confusion, our hopelessness and our fear.
Jesus is sometimes spoken of as the light at the end of the tunnel, but I prefer to think of him as the track lighting on the road In the tunnel. He never leaves you , never forsakes you.
His light shines on while you are walking through the valley of your challenges. He’s not just waiting at the end of it all. He never leaves us nor forsakes us. He’s there, waiting for us to reach out to him.
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jer 29:13
He is already there!
We just need to begin to search. His light is shining. Burning bright. He has already chosen us. He’s already chosen You.
He is just waiting for you to choose him back.