Come winter, especially in Minnesota, daylight is of short duration and the desire for "more light" is often expressed.
Our world is in a spiritual darkness, winter and summer. The gloom that is sin deepens into the total darkness of godlessness, greed, hatred. People speak of the "seven deadly sins." Truth is, sins are more numerous than seven, more than seventy times seven. And each one is as deadly as the next because every sin merits God's condemnation. This is darkness - fatal darkness - and what is all the more frightening is that people, in Christ's day and now, "loved darkness instead of light" (John 3:19). If given the choice, they choose the darkness of sin over the light of salvation.
The Epiphany festival celebrates God's outreach to the heathen world. The coming of the Magi to worship the Christ Child anticipated the worldwide mission command given by the same Christ thirty years later. At the end of His ministry on earth, Jesus told His followers to evangelize the world - "all nations" (Matthew 28:19). Salvation from sin is God's gift to all who believe in Christ as Savior and are baptized.
Jesus is the "Light of the world" (John 8:12), the "Sun of righteousness" (Malachi 4:2), the "Radiance of God's glory" (Hebrews 1:3), the total expression of "the grace of God that brings salvation...to all men" (Titus 2:11). He enlightens the road leading to heaven; He is our guiding light for a purposeful life here and now.
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