Wednesday, May 25, 2016

When Light Invaded The Darkness

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.” (Isa. 9:2) 

When we hear the word “darkness” we instantly think “that’s bad”. To be “in the dark” is to be out of the loop, lost, blind, helpless and very often afraid. But when we hear the word “light,” ah, now that’s a totally different story. When I think of light, I immediately think “Vision!  I can see where I’m going! I can navigate. I can avoid falling into that ditch and see to duck my head so I don’t crack it on that low-hanging beam!” 

We instinctively want to run away from the dark and to the light. And don’t think that is a merely human instinct. Never forget that you are created in the image of God (Gen. 1:27) who is LIGHT (1 Jn. 1:5).  Of course, all of us have sinned and fallen short, but that image is still there--marred though it be.

This is why every person I’ve ever met wants to be a good person. I’ve just never met anyone who said, “My goal in life is to be a miserable jerk of a loser who hurts people and makes this world a darker place.” Maybe you have met that person, but I haven’t. Many people who haven’t surrendered to Christ—misunderstand that true goodness is inseparably welded to God’s nature and righteousness, and so they stumble around on their own, without God, trying to define goodness from their own finite perspective without consulting God's Word.  Nevertheless—they still possess a desire to be thought of as “a good person.”

In this passage, Isaiah is essentially saying the very same thing Paul says in Colossians.

"For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves." (Colossians 1:13)

All of us have fallen into darkness because of our own selfish choices to do life our way instead of God’s. As a result, we lived in this dark place; cut off from God and His love, grace and renewing sustaining power.

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners (in the dark), Christ died for us.” (Rom. 5:8) 

Because of His great love for us—God sent us a Savior; Jesus, who is The Way, The Truth, The Life—AND THE LIGHT OF LIFE. He poured out His Light on this world. That light, in love, exposes our brokenness and strips us bare so that we SEE CLEARLY that we have no excuses before Him. We are guilty and utterly helpless.  This is what Jesus meant when he spoke of being “poor in spirit.” When we reach this “end of our rope” place—this is a very good thing—because NOW—if we are willing—we can surrender to Him as Lord.  And a beautiful thing happens when we do that:

The Light of the World INVADES OUR DARKNESS!  He takes up residence within our hearts--driving the darkness away.  Darkness always flees when light shows up!   He lavishes us with His grace. (Eph. 1:8) Purifies us from all unrighteousness. (1 Jn. 1:9) Gives us the right to be adopted as His children (Jn. 1:12, Rom. 8:15)… children of Light no less… (Eph. 5:8) and by the Spirit of the One who is Light within us, we call the creator of the universe daddy. (Gal. 4:6)

Wow, you talk about coming out of darkness into light? When the One who is The Light moves in—darkness goes away!  All who know Christ can truly say—I was living in darkness, but God led me into a Great Light. His name is Jesus!

“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.” (Eph. 5:8)

Praise the Lord!  Walk as a Child of Light today!

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