As we approach Christmas this year, I have been thinking about the “glory” that attended the coming of Jesus to earth. As I have been occupied with this theme, the larger context of darkness and light throughout Scripture has caught my attention.
The earth that God created was “without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep” (Genesis 1:2). That condition is followed by God commanding; “Let there be light, and there was light” (1:3). Light in the form of sun and moon were both given to “rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness” (1:17). Take note of that; light is to rule over darkness! How it does that is seen in the person of Jesus.
In that way, Jesus came as the “true light which gives light to everyone” (John 1:9). This light was foretold by Isaiah the prophet; “the people who walked in darkness have seen a great light” (Isaiah 9:2). This came as great news to the part of Israel called Zebulun and Naphtali; “there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish” (9:1). According to Simeon, that light was also glory in the person of Jesus (Luke 2:32).
Today there are people who walk in darkness because the light of Jesus has not yet reached them. Does this concern you? I am very concerned that there are persons all around me and around the world who walk every day in darkness because they have not heard the gospel. The purpose of this ministry is to mature and equip the Church to see the light and know the glory of Christ so they will be sent out by the Spirit with this message to the ends of the earth. Then “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea” (Habakkuk 2:14).
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