This week, we reflected on what Jesus has done for us—giving up his life and taking the punishment for OUR sin (THANK YOU, JESUS) and celebrating the resurrection three days later. It’s the resurrection that shows that he is not dead, but alive. He went from darkness to light so that we might go from darkness to light in this life. And not only that, Jesus gives us a promise that the best is yet to come.
Because he rose again, we worship him. Because he rose again, we know that all authority in heaven and on Earth is his. While we have seasons of darkness, because Jesus rose again, we can walk in the light. In John 12, Jesus said, “I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark” (v. 46). This doesn’t mean that more seasons of darkness will not come our way, but rather, through them, we can put our trust and hope in Jesus. He is a light to our paths. He is a beam of HOPE in the darkness. With Jesus, we’re not forgotten, and we’re never without hope.
This hope that we have in him carries us through this world and is our hope for the future. In John 14:1-3, Jesus says,
“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am” (emphasis added).
When we place our trust in Jesus for salvation, we have hope to never walk alone while traversing this Earth. We also have the hope of eternity in heaven with him—God the father. Where there are no more tears, no darkness. Where we will forever be out of the darkness and eternally in the light. He’s preparing that for us right now, and that provides yet another ray of hope for us when we trust in him.
Have you trusted in Jesus as your Savior? If so, are you trusting him through the dark spots of the journey?
If you’re walking in a dark season, turn to Jesus. He’s waiting for each one of us turn to him—for the first time or to return to him. He wants to be the light in our darkness. Hold on to the HOPE that we have in him, because of his sacrifice, because he rose again. Invite a friend to walk alongside you for encouragement. Consider joining a summer Group to be connected to others who are walking through struggles and be encouraged by the hope that seeking God together can bring.
Jesus, I continue to thank you for your great sacrifice for me and my sins. Thank you for the hope that I can have in you, not only in this life but also for eternity. God, I long for the day that I am with you in your glorious presence, but in the meantime, help me to trust you along every step of my journey here on Earth. In darkness, be my light. In my despair, be my hope. I love you and trust you. In Jesus’ name, amen.
This post was written by Kendra Grubinski. Kendra is passionate about her relationship with Jesus and loves studying and sharing God’s Word. During the week, she is a Spanish Teacher at Findlay High School. She also enjoys spending time with her family and pups, reading, traveling, drinking good coffee and being active outdoors.
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