|The light of life has dawned.|
The prophet Isaiah spoke of this coming light hundreds of years before Jesus' birth,
"The people walking in darkness have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned."
- Isaiah 9:2
The Old Testament words from Isaiah 9:2 were quoted hundreds of years later by Matthew in the New Testament when he spoke about Jesus' life and ministry (Matthew 4:16). And in John 8:12, Jesus fills us with hope by telling us who He is,
“I am the light of the world.
Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness,
but will have the light of life.”
During Advent, we celebrate this light that shines into the darkness of our world and of our hearts bringing truth, salvation, and life. This time of year provides a wonderful opportunity to get to know the One who calls Himself "the light of the world." This Advent, may we all see Him more clearly and live more fully as we prepare to celebrate the glorious birth of Jesus Christ, the light of the world.
Read God's Song for an account of God's blessings in the midst of suffering.