Jesus, the Green Light & the American Dream.

F. Scott Fitzgerald writes,

Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us.  It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther…. And one fine morning—

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.  (The Great Gatsby, 189)

Gatsby’s “green light” of the American dream is just that a dream, and a life spent pursuing that dream will never reach what it longs for.  Houses aren’t big enough, car’s don’t last long enough, retirement accounts decline, commercial’s lie, and health wanes.

There is only one light that will satisfy the longings of your soul.

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying,  “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12).

Jesus is the only light that brings life.  All other promises to brighten your world and provide meaning to it are empty.  Jesus claims to bring life and light, because he is the life (John 14:6) and the light (John 8:12).

If this is not true, Jesus was flat out self-deluded and one arrogant human being.  If this is true, nothing else will shine bright enough to bring meaning and satisfaction to your life.

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