Merry Christmas everyone! In the book of Isaiah, we read some well-loved verses about Jesus the “great light.” The analogy of light and darkness speaks to me profoundly. The strong contrast of dark and light captures so perfectly for me the before and after of a heart without Christ and one with.
In Chapter 9, Isaiah prophesies:
The great creator of the universe took human form to live among us and to show us how to live–how to really live. He gave us loving life precepts in his sermon on the mount; he lived them out before us, loving every soul his life touched; and then he sacrificed himself so our debt would be forgiven and we could come out of the dark, into the light
When I finally heard the truth and listened, some thirty-four years ago, I experienced what it means to go from darkness to light. All of my perceptions of life altered radically. Questions like “Is God real?” and “What is the meaning of life?” and “What is my purpose?” now had answers. Where confusion had reigned, now I had peace and direction. The “great light” came into my life and illuminated my inner darkness, and I have never been the same.
The true light that gives light to every man
was coming into the world.
At Christmas we celebrate the human birth of our eternal, all-powerful God. Sometimes it seems to be all about gifts and angels and furry barnyard animals. These all make the celebration fun, that’s for sure, but ultimately it’s about light entering a dark world, about salvation for those drowning in sin and sorrow. The apostle John says it best when talking about the advent, “The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world,” (John 1:9).
Bye for now,