The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined. – Isaiah 9:2
Before the birth of Christ the world lay in darkness. Isaiah 59:9-11 describes it this way: “Justice is far from us, and righteousness does not reach us. We look for light, but all is darkness; for brightness, but we walk in deep shadows.
Like the blind we grope along the wall, feeling our way like men without eyes. At midday we stumble as if it were twilight; among the strong, we are like the dead.
We all growl like bears; we moan mournfully like doves. We look for justice, but find none, for deliverance, but it is far away.”
But when Christ was born a great light was shined in the darkness.
Jesus said in John 8:12 “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” Whoever calls to Christ will have the darkness of their sin removed and replaced by the light of His righteousness.
This Christmas we give thanks because God has not left us alone in the deep shadows. Through Christ we receive the light of His salvation, guidance and love.