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The Light of Life

By Michael Plemmons
CBN Staff Writer -- The Calendar tells us we have entered a new year. Never can I remember when so many voices have been clamoring to be heard. Ancient mystics like the Mayans tell us that this year is going to end in catastrophe. Still others fear an economic meltdown. The signs of potential disasters can readily be seen all around us in this hour.

I also believe these are dangerous times, and yet in these days of unprecedented worldwide alarm and concern, we of the Christian church are being called by our Father to humble ourselves before him.

The church of Jesus Christ and our world are entering its most critical hour. The signs in our world all point out serious concerns to which government leaders in nation after nation have no answers. In this hour where so many are having their hearts consumed with fear, is there someone in whom we can believe and trust?

Over two thousand years ago someone entered our world on a divine mission. He came to bring freedom and liberty to the world of man. At thirty years of age he answered the call of God on his life. Over the next three years he by his words and deeds brought a demonstration of love and compassion that changed the world.

His were hands of tenderness. His message brought hope to the thousands. He laid hands on the sick and oppressed and brought life into their lives. At the end of his life he who had walked in the power and demonstration of God, willingly laid down his life to bring freedom from darkness into the hearts of all people everywhere and for all time.

In the two thousand plus years since his resurrection his heart has remained the same. He is still calling out to all those hurt and wounded in our world. To that individual on a quest for truth, he claimed to be the very embodiment of all that truth is. He also said he was the way to truth and within him he had the ability to bring life into the human heart.

Sometimes we of the Christian faith forget just how simple the message of Jesus Christ is. We serve a living God and savior. His call to the church of Jesus Christ is to be filed with his love and passion for the hurting all around us. We are to lift holy hands not just in praise and worship, but to be a voice of life and light to a lost and hurting world.

Our hearts are to be filed with the compassion of God. His mission has never changed and all who would follow him must put others before themselves. Our call in this hour is to bring hope and love to the hurting and the desperate. He said we the church of Jesus Christ are the light of the world. Never has that light been more needed than now.

“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. (John 3:16-17, NLT)

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Michael is a Partner Service Representative at CBN, and has been in active ministry for more than 30 years. He resides in Virginia Beach. Send comments to Michael Plemmons. Visit Michael's blogspot.

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