Let There Be Light! Isaiah 9: 2, 6-7 “The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.”
By the time the Messiah came to Israel, there’s no doubt things had gotten pretty dark. The people were oppressed. Many were poor. Their hope had almost faded away. Then, in the middle of a dark night, a new light dawned. In fact, just like the first subtle rays of sunrise steal upon the scene, this light wasn’t obvious to most, and only a few even saw it at all. But that would change.
It first changed with an eruption in the night sky, angels telling the shepherds of His birth. The light broke through as the star led the wise men to the very place Jesus was. It appeared to an old man named Simeon who was waiting for the birth of Christ. When he saw the child, he took Him in his arms and said: “For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.” Luke 2:30-32
You see, without Christ, we all walk in darkness. With Him, though we face uncertain times, we have a Wonderful Counselor to guide us on our way. When we face struggles that can overpower us, we have Mighty God, who fights for us. When we face death, we have an Everlasting Father who knows no end. And when we face fear, we have a Prince of Peace.
Jesus said, “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” John 8:12
If we know Christ, we have the light of His life within us. He has told us “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16.
Is the world around you dark? Let His light shine.