The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light; those who
dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
on them has light shone.
Isaiah 9:2 ESV
A recent ice storm knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of people across our country. Unless your home has a fireplace and/or generator, you know the pain of the cold and dark and the longing for a warm shower and a hot meal. Ice hung two inches thick on the branches of the huge oak trees in our son’s yard. He recounted to my husband and me how it was eerie to stand in the darkness at five o’clock in the morning and, unable to see anything, to hear the snap, crackle and pop of the tree branches under the stress of the ice.
The snapping sounds encouraged him to move his van that sat underneath an oak tree. Three minutes later—a huge branch that would have totaled his vehicle fell directly on the spot where it had been parked. They were blessed with no physical damage to their vehicles or home. However, as morning light rose over the darkened city, “a war zone” was the only description that came to his mind.
Thinking about all those without light, drew my attention to Isaiah’s words about the coming Messiah. He spoke of those who “dwelt in a land of deep darkness.” Without Christ, the Messiah, the Anointed One, the world lingered in pitch black darkness. Gloom, despair and lack of understanding were consequences of a world walking without the Light of Christ.
But Messiah came and John 1:5 tells us, “The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.” When Christ came He brought with Him, knowledge, purity, hope, mercy, grace and the power to overcome the darkness of this world.
Therefore, this Christmas, when you think about the birth of our Savior, don’t leave Him in the manger for He is the Almighty Son of God who sheds His light abroad and cuts through the darkness of this world. He is Jesus, He is God, He is Lord and He is Light! Let His Light shine in your life!