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For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. -2 Corinthians 4:5-6

Throughout the first part of the year, we are exploring together the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, “the light who shines in the darkness”, particularly through the account of his life told in the Gospel of Mark.

It is interesting to see the language the bible uses to talk about light and darkness. One of the prophecies about Jesus, in Isaiah 9, promises, “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” The way the prophets and authors of the Bible talk about darkness and light reflects our state of being without God. We live in a state of brokenness, being lost. It reminds me of fumbling around a dark hotel room, or being somewhere at night when you’re unfamiliar with your surroundings. What you really need is light. It clarifies things, makes sense of the situation.

Similarly, when Jesus Christ comes to us, calls us to follow him, it gives us clarity and a new direction for our lives. He gives us purpose and makes sense of the confusion we face. And above all, He rescues us, brings us healing, restoration, and new life. We are grateful you are with us today and in this season as we explore the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, our light in the darkness. 

Nate Speerbrecker

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