Monday 13 April 2015 at 22:12Let The Light Of God Shine
by Rev. Janice Faris, Innerleithen Church (Church of Scotland)
On Easter day, we are celebrating "Jesus is the light"; and the darkness—death, disease, bad feelings towards others, evil, whatever you want to call it—has neither understood or overcome the life bringing message of the gospel. It will not go away.
Think back just before Easter. We knew why it was dark. We maybe didn’t fully understand the scientific explanation, but we knew it was an eclipse. Nothing to be afraid of, no portent of imminent disaster, but eerie all the same, and, as you think of that eeriness, imagine the feelings of those on Golgotha when the sky darkened not just for a few minutes but for three hours.
Imagine the man on the cross labelled King of the Jews, in that darkness crying out, "My God, my God why have you forsaken me?"
And then seeing him dead.
The other Saturday, many people marked Earth Hour for one hour by switching all electricity off and using candlelight. The purpose was to tell world leaders of our concern for the way the resources of the planet are being used up and destroyed and our climate is changing.
It was a call to action.
Earth Hour was part of a global call to care for our planet, the world God has given us. Did it do any good? Time will tell. When world leaders meet later this year we can see what is said and more importantly what is done and what filters down to the local level—to something you and I can do to help life on this planet flourish.
What’s this got to do with Easter?
Compared to Jesus’s day, there are more of us who have an awareness of how things work, be it machines, bodies, weather patterns, etc. We have discovered much, we understand much. We don’t really like mysteries—there has to be an explanation. A man dying and rising—how, why, what for? If there is no explanation—we dismiss it, we devalue it.
The language about dark and light is useful, and the Easter message in the end is that good will win. God’s act of love triumphs over all evil, Christ is risen. With the Easter story, it is important we think about it and tell it time and time again so we can feel again the wonder of God’s love.
Let the Easter message bring you hope and remember to give thanks. Look around our community to see what examples there are of light working to overcome darkness and think about situations where you can let the light of God’s love shine.
Rev. Janice Faris is a local Church of Scotland minister in Innerleithen, empowering her community to take action on climate with OurVoices.
Photo via flickr user Michelle Tuttle