Light at the end of the tunnel
In 2015 while riding our bicycles across America, Beryl and I entered the Paw Paw tunnel on the C & O Towpath trail. We knew the tunnel was almost ¾ of a mile long and it was adjacent to the boat channel used to bring supplies from Washington DC to Pennsylvania in the 1800’s. The towpath was the path the mules walked on to pull the barges upriver. As we entered the tunnel we could not see the opposite end because of a curve in the tunnels course. The further we went in the darker it got, but then there was a small light at what we assumed was the exit. The path was just wide enough for our bicycles so there was a sense of relief in seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.
Go back in world history four thousand years. People faced many of the same issues we face today. There was fighting between different groups of people. Certain ethic group believed they were superior to other races. Religious people believed they were better than other religious people. Everyone was looking for some light at the end of the tunnel of life. Birth, marry, work, paying taxes and die was what consisted of life. There had to be light at the end of the tunnel.
Jesus birth is the light at the end of the tunnel. For people four thousand years ago they were looking forward to Jesus birth. It was the ray of hope that at times seemed microscopically dim, but Jesus did come bring light into a darkened world.
The Apostle John said, “The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:9,12&13
2020 will go down in the history books as a horrible year. But remember our hope is not on what a year has or does not have but on the light at the end of the tunnel, Jesus Christ. Jesus has not changed, his care for you has not changed. His offer of abundant life has not changed. There is light at the end of the tunnel regardless how dark it feels right now. Jesus is the light.