Reverend Derrick Elliott, Pastor, Sun Lakes United Church of Christ
Jesus said to them, “The light is with you for a little longer. Walk while you have the light so that the darkness may not overtake you. If you walk in the darkness, you do not know where you are going. While you have the light, believe in the light so that you may become children of light.” (John 12:35-36)
There have been so many times in our lives we have walked into eerily darkness and wondered how we could overcome the shadows that life brings. In those moments, the Spirit spreads her wings and wraps them around us. Guiding us to the tiny sparks of grace that is kindle hope. Jesus’ death reminds us that this is not the end, but death is to be overcome. Jesus’ death ignited the torch in us because we know the death of Jesus is not the end. Jesus will rise and provide us with his teaching that sets this world ablaze. A light so bright radiates God’s grace, glory, and promises in Jesus.
As we enter Holy Week, Jesus reminds us to become children of light. My friends, what does it mean to become “children of light”? In the Christian tradition, being children of the light means to spread God’s love and being an exemplar or encourager for those surrounded by darkness and brokenness. Jesus does instruct us to walk in the light as a way to follow him, and it is essential in our faith journey. Be the beacon of light into the world that shines to God’s grace, love, and peace. This Holy Week, I pray for the world to be the “light” and seek beyond the surface level of humanity and cast out the darkness. Amen