The Light Has Dawned


The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. - Isaiah 9:2

People often ask me if I have a favorite verse in the Bible.  I don't know how to answer that question, to be fair. 

It's like when you get asked if you have a favorite song.  None of us has a favorite song, if we are being honest.  But the reality is you have favorite songs. Or maybe you might have a favorite song right now. 

And hey, if your favorite song right now is Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas" I won't judge you... much. 

Having said all of that, the verse at the top of this devo from the prophet Isaiah is probably one of my favorite verses in all of the Bible.  It's beautiful, and poetic. And even though it's part of a larger passage of prophecy---it easily stands alone.

Although the prophet Isaiah was speaking into a particular moment long before the birth of Jesus, there's a timeless hope imbedded in his words. 

Because in every place and every time, the darkness is always there in some form or another, isn't it?  And the people walking in that darkness can always say with confidence that what they really need right now is to see a light.

And this week we are reminded that light has come... and darkness cannot overcome it.  Ever. 

Theologian and author Choan-Seng Song once wrote:  
[Jesus] burnt himself out totally, like a candle, to give light to the people living under the power of darkness. He lived, toiled, and died solely for that purpose. But unlike a candle he did not just melt away, leaving no trace. . . And though a candle is unable to prevent the return of darkness as soon as it is extinguished, Jesus’ light has burned on and has ignited countless new lights in the world. . . .
As you take these final steps of Advent may the light of Christ shine over you in whatever darkness you might be facing.  And know that this light, this brightly burning, selfless light will always pierce through the gloom and light your way. 

And may the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you now and always. Amen.  

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