Redemption in the Darkness

Psalm 107:1–16; Isaiah 60:15-22; John 8:12-20 (read online ⧉)

Psalm 107:2–3
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
those he redeemed from trouble
and gathered in from the lands,
from the east and from the west,
from the north and from the south.

Isaiah’s stirring for Jerusalem is that not only of restoration but also claiming a prominent and dominant role in the world. The nations that dominated Jerusalem would then nourish and protect it. This revitalized and restored Jerusalem would have the lost and exiled ing. A city full of woe and misery would become full of and joy.

Isaiah’s continued where the basics, bronze, and iron, would be replaced by gold and silver. This is not just a of wealth, but where what was once the of wealth would be commonplace. In the midst of all of this is . This new of Jerusalem has at the center, and not just as the center of worship, but the center of all , replacing the sun and the moon. The ebb and flow of would be fully guided by . The ultimate crown of success, children, would be so numerous that even the smallest group would become a clan. This is to a people lost. This is to a people who feel that they have nothing left.”I am the of the world,” said.Often we can find ourselves stuck in darkness. The of darkness is being able to see the smallest . The spark of faith, in the darkness, can feel as if the sun is there.

1) Have you ever experienced an inescapable (real/) darkness? What happened when you saw a ?

2) How does Christ fit into your idea and/or experience of darkness?

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.