Along life’s road
Whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.–John 12:46.
There are many stories told and untold from all of us, of the fright and horror of darkness, and even though many are well into adulthood, the very sight and thought of darkness sends shivers through our spines. What about the happy thought of being sent to the shop, but trembling because you had to pass the dilly tree near Ms. Jones’house!There was no light, and seasonally a dilly or a leaf may just fall as you pass, that sent you off running. That’s not all, you had to turn back because you dropped the item.!
Darkness of health in the life of Henry F. Lyte was so pronounced that he penned the words of one of the most beloved hymns,”Abide with Me–fast falls the eventide, The darkness deepens–Lord, with me abide.”The presence of darkness calls for the presence of light.
Today in our country and indeed this global village, crisis of one kind or another is plunging this world into darkness. As we write, there is darkness in education as the level of illiteracy is at an all time low. Darkness of crime has the nation in distress. Darkness in family life is causing juvenile delinquency, teenage pregnancies, drug addicts, robberies and murders. Darkness of not being our brother’s keeper is causing the decibel of hate to become louder and louder at the sight of each other. Darkness of ringing bells of joy rather than wringing hands at our neighbor’s misfortunes, is causing us to turn a blind eye and deaf ear towards the plight of the poor and outcast. Darkness is causing us to drink from the pools of greed rather than thirst for righteousness. Darkness has us totally immersed in earning, more so than yearning for the love of family and friends.
Our lesson text is a cry from Jesus.”He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on Him that sent me. And he that seeth me seeth Him that sent me. I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness. And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.
“He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me. He gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that His commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.”
The Gospel writer John seeks to explain why people had refused to believe Jesus. He had done many great signs before them, more than the seven recorded in this Gospel. Yet, even in the face of these manifestations of God’s power at work through Jesus, they had refused to believe on him.
Jesus assures them that His Mission is”I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness. The key to the darkness that we are experiencing in our country through the various socials ills and vices is not found in books written by man, but in the Word of God.”If my people that are called by my name”will do as I have commanded them then I will turn the darkness over the land into brilliant light.”
Lives of men, women boys and girls must be transformed from darkness into light. As I walked by the monument through Parliament in the area of the Supreme Court, I wrote down what I had read so many times before. Words that stayed with me, even though they were written early in the past century.”George Henry Gamblin, KT 1870, June 28, 2 Oct.1930 MP 1901-1924 President of the Legislature 1924 1920 Member of the Executive Council 1908-1930. This memory was erected by his fellow citizens in appreciation of his character and example.”Even though George Henry Gamblin was born on my birth date and died on the date my father died, for his fellow men to write into stone, reflections of his character and lifestyle, speaks volumes that indeed he was of the light and not darkness.
As we are in this season of Advent, let us begin to cast away the deeds and lifestyles associated with darkness. Let us carry our candle with us wherever we go. Let us curse the darkness but extol the goodness of light. Let us always remember that our belief in Jesus will help us to stay in the sunlight of God’s mercy and grace. Indeed, we will resolve to do not only for the sake of the Kingdom, but also for the sake of the nation.
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