THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
One morning, about 2am, I awakened with cramps in both legs.
Not those little inconvenient cramps that come and go.
These were what ball players call charley-horses: big, fist-size!
I got quietly up to go into the living room and put some aspercreme on my legs, trying to not wake Ann.
But I stumbled, and tripped over something that I just knew wasn't there last night.
Ann quietly spoke from the bed, "Turn on the light honey."
14 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,
15 The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles;
16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.
In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
Matthew quotes from Isaiah 9:1-2.
At that time the world was in "darkness" due to the sins of man.
At that time the government was corrupt with leaders seeking their own welfare, and taking advantage of the people.
Today, the world hasn't changed much.
We suffer because of the "darkness" which stems from the sins of man.
Governments are corrupt all over the world; and instead of caring for the people, they take advantage of the people.
But Isaiah spoke of HOPE!
The people would see a "Great Light!"
They could not "turn on" the Light, for that Light would come from God.
But, they could "turn to" the Light!
Today, though the darkness of sin covers the earth, the Light of Christ is risen!
He was born into the darkness of man.
He died to pay an atonement price for our sins.
He arose, with justification in His Person, for all who surrender to Him!
"In Him was LIFE; and the life was (and is) the LIGHT of man!!" (John 1:4 above)
We cannot "turn on" the Light, for He is already risen!
But we can "turn to" the Light!!
MAKE THE GOOD NEWS KNOWN!!
"Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee."
CHRISTmas commemorates the birth of Christ.
Celebrate the fact that true Light has come into the world.
Instead of stumbling in the dark, TURN TO the Light!