The Light: Dec. 3
But there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he has made glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations. 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. Isaiah 9:1-2
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1:5-13
Sin causes chaos and darkness. On our own, we live chained to our desires and dominated by idols that never provide what they promise. Our only future was the darkness of eternal condemnation because we had rejected the God of light. In our sin, we lived in the grip of enemies, and we could not escape to freedom.
Yet God did not leave us in this catastrophe of our own making.
God sent Himself into the world, and the light of His revelation broke the dark prison of our hearts and illuminated the dark hopelessness of our fallen humanity. Jesus offers to all who will come to Him the light of hope. In Him, there is forgiveness instead of condemnation. In Him, there is love instead of punishment. In Him, there is reconciliation instead of enmity. In Him, there is eternal life instead of eternal death. Into the darkness of our world He came as the Light of God himself, breaking chains and defeating our enemies and bringing the light of His victory to our darkened hearts. And at the cross, He was covered by the darkness of our sin, so that He could provide the light of our redemption. When He rose, the light of His salvation was proclaimed in His name to every nation, so that this message of the light of His glory can one day cover the nations and the generations as the waters cover the sea.
The Light of life and hope and grace — Christ Jesus, the Light of the World.