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Light in the Darkness

Light in the Darkness

Isaiah 9:1-7

Verse 2 The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.

Today we start a study that will help us prepare our hearts for Christmas. We will be looking at various aspects of the advent story that are conundrums, things that seem confusing or may be out of order, but that are used by God to show it is a gift from Him. They may not seem to make sense to us but He had a reason for each and every one.

Our first conundrum is something that goes against the natural. Light being seen in the darkness may not seem possible but as we will learn throughout this study, God is the God of impossible. It is a way of showing that He is in complete control of all that is natural. He made it and He can use it as needed.

The first mention of darkness in our verse for the day is about those that are walking in the darkness. This isn’t a darkness that is merely partial, no, this is pure darkness. A darkness that feels like it could swallow you up. This is the darkness of sin in our human nature. Paul reminds us “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). This darkness shows no light.

But despite this all-encompassing darkness, Isaiah is prophesying about a light. Yet notice that this light isn’t dispelling the darkness. The light is seen but not removing the dark state that they are in. Once again we are seeing something that isn’t natural. If it was natural light it would be chasing the darkness away.

This darkness is a spiritual darkness and that means that there can be no light in it. On the other hand this spiritual light has no darkness in its presence. Jesus said that He is the Light of the World (John 8:12) and John said, “God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). The light that Isaiah was talking about was not coming to abolish the darkness, His being born didn’t make evil disappear. No, His light only expels the darkness in our hearts. The question is are we seeking His light this Christmas?

Making It Personal

What does the light of Christ mean to you? Do you spend your time in the darkness or light? Are you sharing His light?

Making It Personal Kids

What does it mean that Jesus is the light of the world? Do you spend time in His light? Do you share His light with others?

Closing Prayer

Father, thank You for shining into our world, not just at Christmas but all year long. Give us a desire to seek Your light instead of settling for the darkness. And give us the courage to share it with others. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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