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From Darkness Into The Light

alanLismore Anglican Parish Bulletin Insert

Sunday 15th March 2015 All services

From Darkness Into The Light      John 3: 14-21

Denial is a foolish and destructive thing. When we fail to acknowledge our brokenness and take responsibility for our behaviour – especially when it causes hurt – our relationships with others are fractured.

When we refuse to take responsibility for our health, our personal habits of eating, drinking and exercise, we hasten the onset of disease and the ageing process.

When we ignore wise financial advice and balanced budgeting and spending, even spending what we don’t have, eventually we’ll find ourselves in trouble financially.

When we refuse to look honestly at our personal beliefs we can fall for the illusion that we are beyond reproach – we don’t need God’s help to do better.

The Lenten season is a perfect time to pause and reflect on our habits and attitudes and come before our Lord in true repentance.

As followers of Christ we make daily choices – even moment by moment – about living in the darkness of denial or the light of repentance and truth.

We can choose to know the salvation of God’s healing and restoration, or stay in the poisoned wilderness of our own fear, pride, prejudice and selfishness. This may sound harsh, but it is only those who acknowledge their sickness who can find healing – as Jesus taught.

The call to repentance is an invitation to grace, where we discover that there is nothing that can keep us from God’s restoring mercy, or from God’s liberating forgiveness. If we open ourselves to this truth, we will find abundant life and move into the light of truth and of God’s love. The choice is ours.

 

(Adapted from http://sacredise.com/lectionary/2015/02/lent-4b/

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Numbers  21:4-9

4 From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; but the people became impatient on the way. 5The people spoke against God and against Moses, ‘Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we detest this miserable food.’ 6Then the Lord sent poisonous serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many Israelites died. 7The people came to Moses and said, ‘We have sinned by speaking against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord to take away the serpents from us.’ So Moses prayed for the people. 8And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Make a poisonous serpent, and set it on a pole; and everyone who is bitten shall look at it and live.’ 9So Moses made a serpent of bronze, and put it upon a pole; and whenever a serpent bit someone, that person would look at the serpent of bronze and live.

 

John 3: 14-21

14And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.  16 ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. 17 ‘Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19And this is the judgement, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. 20For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. 21But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.’