The Hope of Light
Key Verse: Isaiah 9:2
Scripture Reading: Matthew 4:1-17
A couple of years ago I decided to try teaching an evening class at Ivy Tech during the Spring semester, which runs from January to May. Even though I enjoyed my students in that evening class, I did not enjoy walking to my car and driving home after class on dark, cold winter nights.
But one evening in February, as I climbed the stairs to my classroom at 6:00pm, I noticed something wonderful: It was still light outside! My heart felt a little lighter when I saw that light through the window, and somehow I was less tired as I drove home that night.
There’s something so hopeful about light. In the 9th chapter of Isaiah’s prophecy we read,
“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.”
And in Chapter 4 of his gospel, Matthew repeated this prophecy to make sure his readers knew that this “great light” Isaiah wrote about was Jesus.
Just as my heart felt lighter when I saw the light through the window that evening, so our hearts are lifted when we truly see Jesus as the Son of God, the One birth and sacrifice gave us hope for both this life and eternity.
As we celebrate Jesus’s birth during this Christmas season, let’s remember that no matter how dark and cold this world may be, in Jesus we have “seen a great light,” and His light makes our hearts lighter and gives us strength to face each day.