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Northern Lights….

Categories: Acts, John2.4 min read
Were you lucky enough to see the Northern Lights?
Did you stand in the darkest place you could find, in the dead of night, in order to witness that beautiful phenomenon – the Aurora Borealis. Perhaps, it was something you have long dreamt of seeing during your lifetime. Did you marvel at the shimmering purples and greens that lit up the night sky? If you did, you would have experienced gratitude, joy and awe at such an enchanting and unexpected solar event.
In some accounts, people even referred to it as a spiritual experience.
Whilst the terms ‘Aurora Borealis’ and ‘Northern Lights’ are not explicitly mentioned in the scriptures, light is often associated with God and his glory, and there are examples of celestial manifestations of light and colour that do have great spiritual significance. Take, for example, the rainbow. Could there be a happier sight than a multi-coloured bow drawn across the sky, signifying sunshine after the rain and God’s covenant of protection with mankind. A beautiful, overarching message of hope, trust, love and grace.
It was a star that led the Magi to the Messiah following his birth in Bethlehem. And, in the New Testament, we read the account of Paul, a Roman and once persecutor of Christians, and his experience on the road to Damascus when he saw a light, brighter than the sun, come down from heaven. It shone brilliantly all around him and whilst temporarily blinded by the light, what followed was a revelation of truth that led him to become one of Christianity’s most faithful and inspirational apostles.
From the beginning of the world, God created light to dispel the darkness and chaos over all the earth and throughout the Bible light has been a metaphor for goodness, wisdom, grace and hope. In the gospels, Jesus refers to himself and discipleship in terms of light – “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness but have the light of life” – John 8:12. And, In the Psalms we read “The entrance of thy words giveth light…”The Word of God is like a lamp that provides light in a darkened room.” And so, just as the Northern Lights illuminated the darkness of the night sky, so God’s light can shine brightly in our lives. The scriptures are God’s lamp that shine a continuous light to guide us, and following Jesus can give us hope and lead us out of darkness.
“And I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below” – Acts 2:19. This describes the signs that will appear before the Lord Jesus returns in glory to reign in righteousness over the earth. If you want to know more, why don’t you peruse the website or, if you wish to ask a question, please use the ‘Contact Us’ facility and we will respond.



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