Skip to main content

Isaiah 9:2 - 7

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.”


Popular posts from this blog

The Danger of Spiritual Infancy (Hebrews 5:11 - 6:12)

Have you met people who refuse to grow up? There are some adults who prefer to remain as children because they do not want to take on adult responsibilities. Not only is immature behaviour unpleasant to observe or deal with, the consequences are often destructive. In Hebrews 5:11-14, the writer expresses his frustration that some members of the church were refusing to grow into spiritual maturity. They were no longer trying to understand God’s word (v 11). Instead of taking on the responsibility of teaching others as they themselves had been taught, they needed to be taught the basics all over again (v12). Therefore, they were unable to take on “solid food” which is for mature Christians, and they were not able to distinguish good from evil (v14) or to understand teaching about righteousness (v13). Spiritual maturity is a necessary part of our walk with God. Remaining as a spiritual infant means that you are not good at discerning right from wrong and you will have a hard time maintain

A prophet prophesies and the church fully obeys (Acts 11:27- 12:4)

During this time some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28 One of them, named Agabus, stood up and through the Spirit predicted that a severe famine would spread over the entire Roman world. (This happened during the reign of Claudius.) 29 The disciples, as each one was able, decided to provide help for the brothers and sisters living in Judea. 30 This they did, sending their gift to the elders by Barnabas and Saul. 12 It was about this time that King Herod arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them. 2 He had James, the brother of John, put to death with the sword. 3 When he saw that this met with approval among the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter also. This happened during the Festival of Unleavened Bread. 4 After arresting him, he put him in prison, handing him over to be guarded by four squads of four soldiers each. Herod intended to bring him out for public trial after the Passover. When Jewish believers from Cyprus (Europe) and Cyrene (Liby

THE BLESSINGS OF HIS NAME (Numbers 6:22 - 27

I find this interesting because I remember listening to Pastor Betty’s message for 2021, and it was on the same Benediction Blessing verses. And today’s Scripture reading is exactly the same, and I am sure the Holy Spirit wants to remind us of “The Blessings of His Name” for 2022. Today, our mobile phones are loaded with New Year wishes, TV and radio personalities wish into microphones and cameras – we hear them from so many different sources. Carefully note what God tells us: “Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them, The LORD bless you and keep you; The LORD make His face shine upon you and be gracious unto you; The LORD turn His face toward you and give you peace.’ So, they will put My name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.” (Numbers 6:23-27) In this way, God places His all-important NAME on us, His people. A comparison would be that of signing on a cheque. An unsigned check is void and worthless until the owner ‘s “name” has been pl