McDowell Technical Community College

Burnsville Seventh-Day Adventist Church

Poking Holes in the Darkness

By Pastor Ed Couser

Yancey County

Greetings Friends,

Several years ago I had the privilege of pastoring in Bowling Green, Kentucky.  While there, one day our church family decided to take a tour of Mammoth Cave.  I remember walking down its winding trails among the stalactites and stalagmites.  In the background I heard the faint sound of dripping water.  When we entered the largest cavern several hundred feet underground, our guide pointed out the system of electric lights found throughout the cave.  Without warning he turned out the lights!  The blackness was thick. I could not see my hand in front of my face.  Then after a few seconds of complete blackout, our guide lit one match.  One tiny match lit up the entire cavern.

In Jesus’ day, the world was dark, cold, and impersonal.  The people yearned for hope.  They longed for light.  In fact, John in his gospel used “light” as a theme to communicate the coming of Jesus Christ.  Jesus reminded His hearers, “I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in Me should stay in darkness.” (John 12:46).  Light is necessary for our daily existence.  We need light to survive, to live physically.  We also need the light of God to survive spiritually.  Jesus is our light.  He reminds us what is good.  He exposes our sins.  He leads us into His truth.  Jesus is the light to our world even today.  Why does Jesus reveal Himself as our light?  “So that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.”  (John 12: 46b).  I remember something Robert Louis Stevenson wrote while he was looking out a window from his house one evening many years ago.  (The days before electricity).  He wrote about the town lamplighter coming along lighting the street lamps in succession.  Stevenson described that as the lamplighter went along, he was “poking holes in the darkness.”

Without Jesus, we live in a dark, cold, and impersonal world.  In Revelation 3:20 Jesus stands at the door and knocks.  He longs for us to willingly open the door of our hearts to invite Him in.  His desire is to dispel the darkness in our lives.  Why?  So that we can live in the light of His life, truth, and love, as we await His second coming.

God Bless You,

Pastor Ed