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
Have you ever been somewhere so completely and utterly dark that you could not tell if your eyes were open or closed?
A few years ago, when my family toured Mammoth Cave, the tour guide turned off the lights, plunging us into an underground night.
But when he turned on his cigarette lighter, the entire room was illuminated. He told us that if need be, he could lead our entire group out with the tiny flame.
When darkness is all around, even the tiniest glimmer of light shines brighter than you would expect.
Our world is dark. It’s getting darker by the day.
But at Christmas, we remember the coming of the Light of the world (John 8:12).
The Light that came to save His people from darkness. The Messiah who came to pay the price for His people’s sins. The Prince of Peace who came to reconcile us with God.
We celebrate Jesus’ birth and marvel that God became a man. We try to comprehend the virgin birth and the hypostatic union (a big word that describes the doctrine that Jesus is fully God and fully man at the same time). And we wonder how the Israelites missed their Messiah.
If we’re honest, we tell ourselves we would never be like them. We would recognize Jesus for who He is. We would never reject Him.
But we need to remember something: the world loves darkness and hates the Light (John 3:19). No one wants their wickedness exposed. No one wants a flashlight shone into the dusty corners of their sinful heart.
And had God not drawn us to Himself, we too would love the darkness. Without His intervention, we would still be dead in our sins and at enmity with Him (Eph. 2:1, Rom. 5:10).
Yet even though the world tried to extinguish the Light and silence the Truth by putting Jesus to death on the cross, He rose victorious over the darkness.
Because no matter what men may do, the Light of Christ will continue to shine. And the darkness cannot overcome it (John 1:5).
So this Christmas, remember the Light who came to bring the light of life (John 8:12). And remember that we are called to be lights in this dark world (Matt. 5:14-16).