May the light of Christ fill your heart and mind as you celebrate His birth today. Blessed Christmas!
Isaiah says, “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.” While Isaiah is announcing good news, did you notice that he is also admitting the reality of the darkness? Darkness can be real, powerful and painful and it’s not something that’ll easily go away. The worst thing about the darkness is that the evil one behind it has a list of ways to keep you in the dark.
Hurts and aches cast a shadow on the lives of many. Halls aren’t decked with boughs of holly when families go through pain and sorrow. And there’s not a lot of Fa la la’s when finances are tight and the bills aren’t paid. Another of Satan’s greatest weapons for keeping us in the dark is sin; which permeates all of our lives especially when we try to rationalize them.
The darkness can seem unrelenting and unending, but the truth is, the LIGHT HAS COME!
For the Savior was born this day in the city of David, the Light that dispels the horrible darkness. John (1:5) puts it this way, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” He is the Light of the World and He has come to give us hope, life and peace. The darkness of sin and the devil, the darkness of sorrow and pain are overcome by the Light that shines in the darkened stable.
When Isaiah says, “For to us a child is born, to us, a Son is given”, he is saying that this Son of God, is yours! You can look upon His face and know that it’s true.
Isaiah wrote his words about 700 years before the first, incredible Christmas. But he wrote them as if they had already happened. The Light wasn’t just coming, it had come. The darkness wasn’t going to be dispelled, it was dispelled. So, whatever God has promised you is as good as done. The Light has come to dispel your darkness! His peace isn’t just coming, it’s come! Your hope isn’t on the way, it’s here! The peace of which the angels sang is yours now.
He is the Mighty God who can and will deliver you. He is the Everlasting Father who loves you with an Everlasting Love! His zeal to bring you out of the darkness and into the Light; took Him to the cross. He suffered your depression, sadness, loneliness. He took into His body the darkness of guilt, regret, and fear that threatens to overwhelm you.
“His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”