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Leaders Must Know That the Darkest Road With Christ is Better Than the Brightest Road Without Him!

Sandy Shaw

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A previous article was about Moses being alone with Almighty God in a time of thick darkness. The reference is below.

This was a Word from which I could not get away. It drew me. It attracted my attention. It is so highly relevant. Do not dismiss what follows. “The people remained at a distance while Moses approached the thick darkness where God was" - and you can find in the Old Testament Book of Exodus Chapter 20 and at verse 21.

I then dealt with the nation of Israel being in the darkness of Babylon - modern day Baghdad and Iraq - and Jeremiah breaking through into the light of God.

Move on another 550 years. Caesar was striding across the known world - and mighty Israel was a vassal province - a national nonentity. This was the worst posting for Roman soldiers. They did not want to be sent to serve in Israel.

Israel's politicians were appeasers - her priests were more secular than spiritual - her prophets had long since gone - and a Babe was born in Bethlehem and grew up to be a working man in Nazareth - and he came to His own people and His own people would not receive Him. This was the Messiah - the Son of God - Jesus Christ.

And the cry was - “We have no king but Caesar". And when the unanimous vote was for Barabbas in place of Jesus - they took Him to the Cross - and the sun was blotted out for three hours - there was thick darkness over the land - where God was!

Him God? Where is your God now? If He is the Son of God let Him come down from the Cross! Speak about darkness!

People are mocking God today. Where is your God?

But out of that thick darkness - three days later the light of the world rose and emerged - never again to die - and never again to be defeated.

But that does not mean that seasons of thick darkness have disappeared for ever.

There are disciples of Jesus working in the most needy areas of the world where the darkness is dark.

There are disciples of Jesus suffering for their faith in Christ and enduring such agony.

There are prayers that have ascended which as yet have not been answered. Sometimes you may feel you are treading that darkness alone.

Moses met God in the darkness. Jeremiah received revelation from God in the darkness of Babylon. Israel saw Jesus Christ minister throughout the land for three years - and when the work He came to do was fulfilled He birthed and launched the Church in that most unusual way in Jerusalem. But in order to do that He the Son of God had to endure such painful darkness.

How many of the saints today have found their finest moments when they have experienced such darkness and found God there?

Think of Paul in jail in Corinth. He had only begun preaching there and he is about to give up - he has been through so much - and Jesus appears to reassure him.

On the Cross Jesus had no human being alongside to reassure Him - all He could do was say - “Father into Your Hands I commend My Spirit" We cannot dare to plumb the depths of that darkness - but whenever we consider the Cross - and focus our thoughts upon Jesus on the Cross - and the blood shed to wash away our sin - in that darkness we find the mercy and grace and love of God.

The darkest road with Christ is better than the brightest road without Him.

Sandy Shaw

Sandy Shaw is Pastor of Nairn Christian Fellowship, Chaplain at Inverness Prison, and Nairn Academy, and serves on The Children's Panel in Scotland, and has travelled extensively over these past years teaching, speaking, in America, Canada, South Africa, Australia, making 12 visits to Israel conducting Tours and Pilgrimages, and most recently in Uganda and Kenya, ministering at Pastors and Leaders Seminars, in the poor areas surrounding Kampala, Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu.

He broadcasts regularly on WSHO radio out of New Orleans, and writes a weekly commentary at entitled “Word from Scotland" on various biblical themes, as well as a weekly newspaper column.

His M. A. and B. D.degrees are from The University of Edinburgh, and he continues to run and exercise regularly to maintain a level of physical fitness.

Sandy Shaw


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