“The people who walked in darkness Have seen a great light; Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, Upon them a light has shined.”
Isaiah 9:2 NKJV
“For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
Isaiah 9:6 NKJV
There are many things for which I am thankful. I am thankful that remember the pain of my sinful past. I remember the all encompassing darkness, the sad mornings filled with regret, and the shame I felt over things that I had done. In these current times of my life, they serve as a contrast, heightening the joy that I have in Jesus Christ.
I was one who walked in darkness, accustomed to the stumblings as I made my way through my life. I was in the shadow of death, and that shadow grew more and more tangible with each passing day. When the light of Jesus touched my life, I was in the darkest darkness of the shadow of death, and it had weight that bore down on me. I am convinced that, had it not been for Jesus, I would be dead at my own hand by now.
I was at my lowest point, deep in depression, and having no hope for the future. God met me in that dark place, and positioned people into my life to lead me to Himself. The light dawned as darkness was banished on that Resurrection Sunday in 1998. My life was reclaimed from near destruction, and placed on the solid Rock of Christ.
Christmas has become a season of remembrance for me, as I must reflect on the miracle that God came to earth as one of us, and lived as we do, but with no sin, to die in our place, to be buried and raised from the grave. I can’t help but consider what He left behind, how He is forever changed by that transaction, how we can be changed and saved from hell. We see the scars our sin has left.
“And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth. Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne.”
Revelation 5:6-7 NKJV
Brothers and sisters, let us use the Christmas holiday as an opportunity to bring light into the lives of others. So many people are walking in the shadow of death, courting disaster, and having no sense that there is something else.
All too often, many of us have failed to show the power of Christmas in our lives, as there is little difference in how we live, as compared to those who have not tasted the grace of God. Let us remember that we are ambassadors, emissaries of the Most High God.
Let us show Jesus day by day, to people hurting, and struggling. Those who are weary need to know that there is One who is Wonderful, a great Counselor who hears their troubles and has compassion, that there is Mighty God, sovereign in all things, in all matters, and all circumstances, Everlasting Father, who will keep all promises and will sustain through all eternity, and the Prince of Peace who brings that most sought after desire of all: peace of mind.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV
In these troubling times, we need that promise of the dawn, that moment when we know that it is new day. That time when the turmoil of past times, fades in the light of the new morning, filled with new opportunities, new hope.
We are the first beams of light above the trees, the indication of the dawn, the coming light into the world’s darkness. Let us be faithful to share, pray, and proclaim the goodness of God.