December 16, 2014

Advent: Testimonies of Darkness, Light, and Life

by Jesse Johnson

This year for my church’s Christmas concert, we didn’t do what we traditionally have done–in years past we would do music with a gospel presentation from a pastor. This year instead of a pastor presenting the gospel, we chose four people from different backgrounds that are all faithfully involved at Immanuel. We asked them to describe their lives when they were in darkness, how they heard about the light of Jesus, and what their life is like now that they are living in the light.

These four testimonies capture the true meaning of advent. We were once in darkness, just as the world was in darkness before Christ. Then the light of Jesus shone into the world, just as it shone into our hearts. That light is the light to all people, and it brings life to those who believe.

This 13 minute video takes all four of these testimonies, and edits them together so that you see all four in the dark, then see the light shine in their hearts, and then see them come to true eternal life.

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Jesse is the Teaching Pastor at Immanuel Bible Church in Springfield, VA. He also leads The Master's Seminary Washington DC location.
  • Beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  • Jane McCrory Hildebrand

    These testimonies were beautiful! Like the first lady, God gave me the privilege of leading my mom (a devout JW) to Christ two weeks before she died. I wasn’t sure if she understood what we had prayed for, so I asked her what she now was. She said with tears, “forgiven.” Praise God for leading lost people out of darkness into His wonderful light!

  • Beautiful…just beautiful.

  • Matt Reed

    Genesis 2:18
    Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”
    This came to mind as I viewed the testimonies and read the comments for this post. I’m a regular reader of this blog and it struck me that the majority of comments on any given day are from men ready to argue theology and hermeneutics etc. But, just a few precious comments on this post and all from women. Is it that we men are so busy chest thumping and posturing and showing off our biblical literacy that we can’t take the time to see what it is all about? The Glory of God in reconciliation, the gospel of Jesus Christ pushing back the darkness. Truly, “it’s not good for man to be alone.” Thank you Mr. Johnson for sharing, and you dear ladies for teaching me something today, God bless.

  • Sara O

    Wow, powerful testimonies! I identify with the second lady, my family is not Hindu but “Atheist.”

  • Laura

    “He knew what I was going to do before He created me. He created me anyway.” I was privileged to be able to participate in the concerts and that line got me every night. These testimonies are so beautiful, so glad that even more people will have an opportunity to hear them! To God be the glory, great things He has done!