…in the latter time he has made glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations. 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 9:1-2)
It is a terrible thing to live in darkness. And many live in dark places: poverty, guilt, despair, grief, brokenness.
But even those who are immersed in wealth and live clean and upright lives are still in darkness.
Our world of sin has been, and is, so steeped in the deepest darkness that when Jesus died on the cross of Calvary, physical darkness enveloped the world; for, it seems, the Father withdrew his face and light while his wrath dealt with our sin borne by Jesus on our behalf.
There is, however, hope.
With the birth of Jesus, light shone into the world. The shepherds experienced the glory of the Lord shining around them. The wise men followed a star that lighted their way to the child Jesus.
We can also experience the light of Christ:
For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 4:6)
When we believe in Christ, God the Father delivers us…
…from the domain of darkness and transfers us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (Colossians 1:13)
Then we, like the shepherds, can return, glorifying and praising God for all he has done for us in Jesus Christ, our Saviour. And like the wise men, we can fall down and worship him.
Here I am to worship (Light of the world) Tim Hughes