Bethel Missionary Baptist Church
222 East Epler, Indianapolis IN 46227
A Light In The Darkness
The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.
Sometimes we have a tendency to become very nostalgic about the past. We see the problems of our generation and sometimes assume the generations that preceded us did not have the same problems. This is especially true when it comes to the religious blessings bestowed upon our forerunners in the faith. We talk or hear about the great services people used to have, how many souls were saved and how people shouted about and testified to the Lord. We long for those days of revival. It certainly looks like the golden age of the church is over here in America.
As I read and watch the news I feel like the world is returning to its original state when God said, “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.” I am not saying the sun does not come up every day. I am not saying the moon and the stars do not cast their light from the heavens. They do. I am not saying that man made lights have not vanquished darkness from our cities and homes.
The absence of visible light, however, is not the only way darkness can cover the face of the earth. You do not suppose that those mentioned in our verse for today lived in a land where the sun did not shine do you? They lived on the same Earth as we do. The sun came up every day there too.
The light they were missing was the word of God. That was about to change though. In fact they were not just getting copies of the holy scriptures delivered to them they were about to have the word of God walking in their presence in the form of Christ Jesus.
These were a people who had long ago left the faith of Abraham. There was little heart changing salvation in those days. All they had was the law of Moses which gave them the form of godliness but none of the power of salvation. They were a self-righteous people who thought they would tell God how they would approach his holy throne.
Among these people there was another group, the acknowledged sinners. They were the harlots, the drunks and the thieves. They thought their hope was supposed to be in the law of Moses but in the law they saw only condemnation.
So Jesus came to two types of people, the self-righteous and the open sinner. Their lives may have been very different but they were both in darkness. Upon them the shadow of death was falling, calling them to the eternal grave.
Yet among these people a work was begun. It started with the herald of the Lord, John the Baptist, proclaiming the King was coming. It continued with the arrival of the King himself preaching salvation from sin and when that King went home the message was carried by his students, the apostles.
The world was then exposed to the power of the light as the greatest revival ever known took place. Thousands were saved. Entire cities were turned from idolatry. The world was turned upside down.
But where did it start? It started in a world covered in spiritual darkness much like we are today. Let that cause hope to grow in our hearts because if God did it once He can do it again. No he’s not going to send Jesus to preach again. He does not have to. His Spirit is still in the world today. Let our prayers reach up to heaven and ask God to send the light of his word. Let us cry out for light to save our lives, our lost children and even our nation.
Sunday Morning March 9th–Brother Gary Smith will be here to preach. I will be preaching at Harmony. Please pray for both services.
March 25th at 8:30-Breakfast with Bethel at Bob Evans
March 5th– Revival services at Southside. Services will start at 7 except on Sunday when they will start at 6. Brother Ron Spurgeon will be helping.
March 8th-Brother Gary Smith will be here to preach in the morning.
March 15th at 5:30-Family fellowship night. Meet here at the church for games and finger foods.
March 16th-3rd Sunday night singing will be at Southside