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The Manhattan Project Timeline. The aftermath of the atom bomb. A metaphor of life without hope. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.

On the 6th August 1945 a brilliant light flashed across the sky.  In its wake, death and destruction followed on such a scale as never  before imagined in human history.  The first atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan.

There followed very dark days as the people of Japan struggled to survive radiation and rebuild their lives and their city and mourn their dead.  Japan has never been the same since, nor have the people forgotten. August 6th is Remembrance Day for Japan in particular and for the world in general.

Jesus entered this world heralded by a star. Meteors and comets die but Jesus never died. He arose from death and all that believe in him he raises as well.

A BRIGHT LIGHT

Bright lights have flashed across the skies at various times, Halley’s Comet to name just one.  Predictions of doom and gloom follow like the comet’s tail in their wake.  Thankfully these predictions are non-events.

 However, there were astrologists who did predict that a brilliant star would appear in the east.  This star did appear at the same time as a child was born in a stable.  The child’s birth seemed insignificant,

yet it sent the reigning monarch of the day into a flat spin and he ordered thousands of children under two years old to executed.

 When this child was grown to adulthood, he was known in some circles as the Light of the World. At his death, a great darkness covered the nation of Israel.  Many people at the time felt that this man would lead the nation in throwing off the yoke of Roman domination.  But the so-called Light was crucified.  The light of hope had died.

Hope revived when it was discovered that he had risen from the dead.  A bright light did not herald his reappearance, because in fact he had not left and would always be around in the hearts of those who believe in him.

CELEBRATE LIFE WITH LIGHT

When Jesus lives within us and we are one with him, we truly are full of light.

The celebration of Easter is not the death of a man, but the rising light of Jesus, and the ushering in of grace, the era of unmerited, undeserved, unearned love. When God’s anger against man was appeased by Jesus. May Easter be a time when Jesus, the Light of the World, lights up your life.

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