Posted by: augsburgland | April 15, 2014

Light at the End of the Tunnel

Have you ever driven through a long, dark tunnel? Some years ago, while traveling across Europe, I remember driving through the fjords and mountains of Norway. My friend Ken and I drove through countless tunnels that had been cut through the middle of mountains and hills. Some were shorter. Others extended for miles.

What an uncomfortable feeling it was in those lengthier tunnels. When you’re not used to it, it’s eerie, as you leave the bright sunlight behind and enter a dimly lit burrow. How exhilarating when you see the light at the end of the tunnel! Even better is the moment when the warm sunshine finally hits your face again.

The Lenten season is somewhat like that tunnel experience. For over six weeks now, in the church, we’ve traveled through the tunnel of Lent. The hours spent traveling with Jesus have been rather somber and serious ones, as we note how he suffers because of us. You see, the season also shines a spotlight on our rebellious nature and sinfulness. This ‘tunnel time’ of the year reminds us of the fact that God is angry over sin.

Thankfully, though, all is not dark. The Bible tells us about the plan God put into place to wash away the filth of my sin, because I couldn’t scrub it out. Jesus Christ, both true God and true man, died on the cross Good Friday to suffer for the guilt of my sin. He came back to life from the dead on the third day – Easter – to prove that a ‘mission impossible’ was now a mission accomplished.

Someday each of us will enter another tunnel, the dark tunnel of death, as Jesus did. What comfort to know that at the end of that dark tunnel stands the risen Jesus, the One who truly is the Light of the world. What a day that will be when we can join with all those who trusted in Jesus alone for salvation. All who are there will be singing the praises of God’s wondrous love — in heaven.

This Easter, drive out of the Lenten tunnel and into the full sunshine. Bask in the forgiveness of sins won by Jesus Christ for you.

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” – John 8:12

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