“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of darkness, a light has dawned.” (Isaiah 9:2 CSB)
So, which one wins: light or darkness? Light always wins.
The “land of darkness” referred to by Isaiah went by the name “Galilee.” Galilee always suffered first from invading armies who arrived with no warning, and they suffered the most. Living there was like living in the darkness. Life and security were precarious at best.
But that was the bad news; the good news was that a “great light” was prophesied to arrive in Galilee, bringing joy, liberation, and victory over that pervasive darkness. That light came in the form of Jesus Christ.
John the Apostle wrote, “Life was in Him, and that life was the light of men. That light shines in the darkness, yet the darkness did not overcome it.” (1:4-5 CSB) Again he wrote, quoting Jesus, “I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows Me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.” (8:12 CSB)
The coming of Jesus marked the entrance of light into the darkness of sin that has resulted in so much human suffering. His light shows us the way out of the darkness and the way into His kingdom of light. Those who choose to follow Him into the light will never know that dark again. That’s because light always wins.
Lord, We thank You for the light of Your life and Your love. We follow now as You lead. Amen.