Where do we find light in this dark world? Where do we find hope? Sometime people seek answers in harmful ways and places. They seek answers by indulging in the pleasures of life, or in addictive substances. Could be in social media, pornography, or television. All kinds of entertainment. We try to bring light into our darkness in many ways. But when we look to those kinds of places, we realize that they are temporary lights that often lead to ever-increasing darkness. As we learned in the previous post, this is what Isaiah means when he says in Isaiah 8, “Then they will look toward the earth and see only distress and darkness and fearful gloom, and they will be thrust into utter darkness.”
One of Jesus’ earliest followers was a guy named Paul. In an ancient Christian letter that is titled 2nd Corinthians, Paul wrote that “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”
When Paul says, “The god of this age,” he is not talking about the one true God, but anything else that blinds us, keeping us from focusing on the one true light. Is there any hope for the spiritually, emotionally, relationally blind?
Into that desperate situation, God has more to say. As we continue reading the ancient prophet Isaiah, we come to chapter 9, verse 2,
“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.”
There is hope! A new light. What is that light? Scan down to verse 6 and we read these glorious words:
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.”
A child king will be born, one who is mighty God. God is telling us that he will become a person. God who takes on human skin is the light in the darkness. And that makes all the difference.
But how? Check back and read the next post to learn more.