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day 24: in darkness

Isaiah 9:1-7; Luke 1:79

“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.” – Isaiah 9:2

“…to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” – Luke 1:79

to walk, to dwell, to sit in darkness…this darkness that envelops everything you know.  to be lost where ever you are.  to not see any way out.  to have despair meet you at every turn.  you are alive, but death is continually right at your door…its shadow looms over you.

maybe you have known this darkness.  maybe it’s hard to relate to at first since we take for granted all the artificial lights we are surrounded by these days.  maybe it’s hard to remember when we were in such a place, since we take for granted His light that we can turn to now.  but, there was a time when there was no light…when this darkness was all that people could see.  maybe if we look a little deeper this darkness still has its grips on us, no matter how we’ve tried to drown it out.  maybe we are more familiar with this darkness then we’d like to admit.  maybe it came by to visit recently…even today.

if this darkness is something you know…do not fear, for you are precisely the person for whom Jesus, the Great Light, has come…to shine on you…to guide you to peace.   those who feel no need for this Light will not have Him.  those who are too messed up to put up a front…He is yours…He is ours.

have you known or currently know this darkness?  how can you let His Light shine on you this day, this season, for the rest of your life?

thank you Lord that you are the Light for the darkness

day 13: illuminator

Isaiah 9:1-7; John 1:4-5

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined…For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore.  The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.” – Isaiah 9:2, 6-7

“In him was life, and the life was the light of men.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” – John 1:4-5

we may be alive but He is the source of true Life.  we may see light but we are in darkness without His Light.  His Light is the common image in both passages.  when light illuminates darkness it brings hope…guidance…warmth…life.  He is the Light of the World…we only reflect Him.  He may have come as a child but even then He was not only Son (Prince of Peace), but Father (Everlasting Father) and Holy Spirit (Wonderful Counselor)…God Himself (Mighty God).  darkness has not won.  darkness cannot win for of the “increase” of His reign of peace “there will be no end.”

in what ways is He shining His light into our lives even now…bringing hope, guidance, warmth, life?  how can we hold onto His truth and allow His peace to reign in our lives?

thank you Lord that you are the light of our lives

day 12: outsiders

Isaiah 42:1-8, 49:1-6; Luke 2:25-32

“‘I am the LORD; I have called you in righteousness; I will take you by the hand and keep you; I will give you as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness.'” – Isaiah 42:6-7

“he says:’It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the preserved of Israel; I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.'” – Isaiah 49:6-7

“Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said, ‘Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.'” – Luke 2:25-32

these passages of scripture for reading today are just so beautiful to me.  they show such wonderful glimpses into the nature of this servant/savior: his humility, his obedience, his great quiet power.  i am sorry i can not discuss them all at length.  instead, i want to focus in on the explicit common thread found in all three passages: that Jesus would come not only for the people of israel but as “a light for the nations” or more specifically “to the gentiles” (non-jews).  we must not forget that when he walked this earth, Jesus was a jew sent primarily for the jews.  this business about hating on jews for being jesus killers is just nonsense.  yes, he was sentenced to death by some jewish authorities but jesus himself was a jew and if it wasn’t for what God did through 12 of jesus’ closest jewish friends (and a certain 13th super jewish friend that came around later) we wouldn’t even know this jesus.  but thank God He’s not racist.  i am so thankful that He is a big God…that He considered it “too light a thing” to only bring back the jews to Him but that He would reach out to us…gentiles.  without His light shining out to us we would not be able to “see.”  He has a mission for reaching out to the foreigner, the blind, the prisoner, the one stuck in darkness, to the very ends of the earth…to us.  i am so glad He loves like that.

do we thank Him for opening our eyes and including us in eternal blessing, even when He didn’t have to?  in what ways are we reflecting him by reaching out to those who are ignored or forgotten?

thank you Lord that you reach out to outsiders…like us.