“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
Let there be light.
These words were the beginning of everything, the light came and God’s creative power was revealed in all its splendour for the first time.
They are some of the most powerful words in scripture – we cannot deny the power of light.
Sometimes its as comforting as a night light for a child, at others its a harsh glare of realisation.
In John’s gospel the account of Jesus coming to earth in human form begins with light.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
Light bids us to wait in hope for the day when the light will shine in all its fullness.
Christmas tells us that the Light of the World was and is willing to descend into the darkness of our humanity for our sake and will not be extinguished by it.
Tim Keller writes that:
“He is a light for us when all other lights go out.”
I pray that this Christmas, whatever darkness you may face, that you feel God’s presence with you as we remember that the God who formed the stars descended to us to come close – and to draw us closer to Him.