The Word of Grace Devotion for December 9, 2019
Isaiah 9:2, “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.”
Beloved, the prophecy given in Isaiah 9:2 depicts the Messiah coming as a great light to a land of darkness. The fact that Jesus began His ministry in Samaria and Galilee, rather than in Jerusalem and Judea, emphasizes the fact that His Gospel of salvation was for the entire world. It was no coincidence of history that the “light of the world” first proclaimed Himself in Galilee of the Gentiles. Indeed He also has come to us when we were at our darkest.
When Jesus came to earth there was an explosion of light. When He came, the skies overhead were illumined by a wondrous star (Matthew 2:2), and when He began to teach He called Himself the “Light of the World.” (John 8:12) When He rose from the dead, it was at the moment of sunrise. And when we get to heaven, we’ll find no need for a lamp or light, for the Lamb is its light.
Jesus brings spiritual light, for His presence banishes the darkness of sin and shame and guilt. Jesus brings emotional light, for His presence cheers His people. Jesus also brings everlasting light because He gives eternal life.
Beloved, Jesus is the light of the world and he desires to light up our lives with His light! He does not desire that we continue to walk in darkness but in His light. He also wants us to be a light to this dark world. Matthew 5:14 says, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be shaken.”
Beloved, just as Jesus has lit up our lives, He wants us to light up the lives of others. I would encourage all of us to look for opportunities this season to bring light to dark place!
I pray that you will have a blessed week! I love you and I will be praying for you!