The Light of the World
by Michael Green
December 17, 2015
Isaiah 9:1-7: Nevertheless, the gloom of the distressed land will not be like that of the former times when He humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali. But in the future He will bring honor to the Way of the Sea, to the land east of the Jordan, and to Galilee of the nations. 2 The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; a light has dawned on those living in the land of darkness. 3 You have enlarged the nation and increased its joy. The people have rejoiced before You as they rejoice at harvest time and as they rejoice when dividing spoils. 4 For You have shattered their oppressive yoke and the rod on their shoulders, the staff of their oppressor, just as You did on the day of Midian. 5 For the trampling boot of battle and the bloodied garments of war will be burned as fuel for the fire. 6 For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us, and the government will be on His shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. 7 The dominion will be vast, and its prosperity will never end. He will reign on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish and sustain it with justice and righteousness from now on and forever. The zeal of the LORD of Hosts will accomplish this.
I love to think about the imagery of light and darkness used in scripture. Have you ever thought about how light pierces darkness? As a matter of fact, darkness is really just the absence of light. Light utterly dominates darkness. If you doubt that, you should stand in a dark empty room, and light a match. The tiny flame will be visible from any vantage point in the room. The amount of darkness in that room is so much greater than the amount of light, and, yet, the light perforates the darkness.
The Bible tells us of a Light that came into the world. This Light penetrates through all darkness. As our solar system revolves around the sun, the universe revolves around this Son. The sun in all its vast light and heat melts in this Light. The sun (and all of creation) is dying, but the Son has no beginning and no end. The sun can pierce the darkness of space up to a limited distance and with limited brilliance. The Son, however, cuts through the deepest black of any frontier. Anything touched by the Light becomes illuminated, and no darkness is beyond its reach.
Have you basked in the rays of this Son? There are no circumstances in your life, no sins in your past, no black corners of your soul, and no wickedness in creation that can resist its rays. Whether you are a believer that has trusted in Christ and is in need of some Light for your path, or you are one that remains in the darkness of sin, with a void of blackness in your soul, the only Hope available is the Light of the World, Jesus Christ.
And, there is good news. The Light that pierces all darkness was pierced for you. Isaiah 9 focuses on the fact that He is King, but when he came to earth, He came to serve. He laid aside his crown and Isaiah 53 tells us why.
Isaiah 53:5-6: But He was pierced because of our transgressions, crushed because of our iniquities; punishment for our peace was on Him, and we are healed by His wounds. 6 We all went astray like sheep; we all have turned to our own way; and the LORD has punished Him for the iniquity of us all.
If you know that you are in darkness, ask the Light of the World, Jesus Christ, to save you- to illuminate your soul. If you are in Christ, spend time basking in the rays of the Son, meditating on what He has done, and continues to do, for you. A wonderful way to do that is to read the above chapters of Isaiah and listen to His Glory Appears and Come and Worship.