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Bob Russell shared an interesting illustration about darkness and light several years back with the Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY. He said:

"Every once in a while we get a bird inside this sanctuary. He doesn't really want to be in here, but he's trapped. We don't want him in here because he can be messy and disruptive in worship.

Do you know how the facilities department gets a bird out of this huge room? They don't put out poison birdseed or take a shotgun to him. The goal is not to destroy but to release.

The solution is simple. They turn out all the lights until it's pitch black and then turn on a bright light on an exit hallway and the bird instinctively flies to the light.

Jesus said in Jn. 8:12, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." We were trapped in the darkness of sin. But Jesus came as the mighty God to illuminate the way to salvation. If you don't come to Him, God loves you so much that He may allow the darkness around you to increase so that the light looks brighter.

(From a sermon by Michael Luke, Someone to Rescue Me, 4/26/2011)

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