The people walking in darkness, have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.
When you were little were you afraid of the dark? I was.
When it was time for bed I would turn off my light, run across my room and fling myself onto the bed and under the covers as fast as I could. I can still remember the rush of my heartbeat and the fear that would grip my body. I would hide my head under the covers and curl up into a ball. Eventually someone would come in to give me a hug or a kiss goodnight and I could rest easy.
I always looked forward to the moment when the door would open and light would seep in. I always knew someone was coming to comfort me when that would happen.
I hated how my fear of the darkness held me captive every night. I knew I didn’t need to be afraid but I just couldn’t help it. I think a lot of people feel that way about darkness. They are afraid of it and can’t wait for the light to seep in and someone to comfort them.
Isaiah must have known that. He was a prophet in the Old Testament (first part of the Bible) and sometimes he had to confront people and sometimes he had to comfort them. Isaiah’s name means “the Lord is salvation” and the book of Isaiah is often referred to as the book of salvation. Salvation is a fancy-churchy word that means saves. It is not hard to see why the book of Isaiah is called a book of salvation. Just listen to the words from Isaiah chapter 9 verse 2 – The people walking in darkness, have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. And later in verse 6 Isaiah says, For a child has been born for us, a son given to us, authority rests on his shoulders and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. It is like Isaiah is opening the door for us and letting light seep in. He is reminding us that Jesus the Messiah is coming and will be here soon. And when Jesus comes we won’t have to hide under our covers and curl up into a ball. We will be able to see that the darkness isn’t so scary because the light is so much stronger than the dark. And Jesus (who Christians call the Light of the world) comes every year to comfort us and let us rest easy.
I am curious. Why do you think Jesus is called the light of the world?