Isaiah 9: 2-7
As it gets dark earlier and earlier, what lights do you see – light bulbs, car lights, streetlights, starlight, moonlight, Christmas tree lights…? We often light a candle in worship to remind us of Christ, the Light of the World.
Isaiah speaks at a time when the people of Israel were threatened by the northern country of Assyria. All seemed dark. The people needed security and hope for the future. In the midst of it all, here are words of assurance and promise – a new king who will bring justice and peace. When Isaiah spoke, he was probably referring to the heir of the king at the time, but as Christians we see a deeper meaning – the promise of the birth of a child, Jesus, God with us. How could anyone but Jesus live up to those titles – Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace?
So, there is assurance for us too, as the amazing promise in Isaiah is fulfilled through a tiny vulnerable child, born into an occupied land and who had to flee with his parents to safety. In a world where there is still so much focus on war, greed and struggle for power, Jesus shines as a light in the darkness. When all seems dark, we trust it will be there. Remember his light shines, too, through people working in every situation to bring comfort and hope.
As it gets to evening, and night-time returns, may every light we see shining in the darkness, however small, however bright, remind us of Christ, the Light of the World.
Revd. Joy Rulton
Gracious and loving God,
thank you for your light shining in our world.
Bring comfort, hope, and the assurance that you are always with us.
May your light shine through our lives,
that others may catch of glimpse of you
and desire to make room in their busy lives for you
this Christmas and always. Amen.