“The people who walk in darkness will see a great light; those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them.” Isaiah 9:2.
The perspective of darkness is important, contrasting sharply with Jesus’ ministry as the “light of the world” as projected in John 8:12. In fact, According to Matthew 5:14, all His followers are to have that same impact, and be “the light of the world”. Isaiah prophesied that the Messiah would bring about a powerful transition for those who walk in darkness. This darkness could involve lifestyles or habits that imprison people. It could be felt through relationships that cast a shadow over our individual lives. Many could be bound by sin, disease, or fear. Some could be oppressed by demonic forces, deceived and trapped into hoping in the world’s pleasures. A lot could be discouraged or weary from the weight of many or few problems.
Many people are so accustomed to darkness that they don’t realize that anything else is possible. They can’t imagine anything different, but everything changes when they “see a great light, illuminating the way.” Their world suddenly becomes clearer. When the light shines on t, they can see the truth about their lives and the Country, even the world at larger. They know how to live, how to avoid problems, and how to please God overall.
Note: Today, millions of people in the world still “walk in darkness.” People in every nation. In every city. In every neighborhood. So, During this Christmas season, make a commitment to spread the light of the Gospel.. seek to be a witness to the light, that others, through you, will see the power of Jesus to change lives.. give of your time, talent, and treasure that others will see the light too. Shalom!