Isaiah 9:2 (NIV) The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. Read more…
The Message of Joy (Isaiah 9:1-5)
Christmas lights are commonplace during this season. Their brilliance shines through the darkness of the night. The promise of the coming Messiah is that of hope and joy. Jesus Christ is the light of the world (John 1: 9). We no longer have to live under fear and despair (see verse 2). The coming Messiah will enlarge God’s kingdom by bringing in gentiles (verse 3). This is indeed a message of joy. Jesus breaks the yoke and removes the burden of sin from everyone who puts their hope and trust in Him.
We who have believed in Him are bearers of this wonderful joy-message. How are you going to share this wonderful message during this season?
The Good News (Isaiah 9:6-9)
The joy-message is about a child. He is no ordinary child; He is the Messiah—the anointed King of Israel. Four special titles are used to describe Him. He is the “Wonderful Counselor,” a supernatural counselor who brings and reveals to us the will of God. He is the “Mighty God.” He is not merely God’s messenger; He is God. Christ’s other title is the “Everlasting Father,” the eternal God, who cares for the needs of His Children. Lastly, the Messiah is here described as the “Prince of Peace.” Jesus Christ is the source of all the wholeness, prosperity, justice and peace. He is the Lord and Savior, the only one worthy of our trust and devotion.
“Everyone’s heart is darkened by sin. The true light (Jesus) shines to illumine our dark hearts.” Samuel Ngewa
Lest we Forget
During a season like Christmas, it is easy to be taken up by all the glitter, the sounds, and the shopping that we forget about the people who need Jesus Christ. According to Joshua Project, there are about 6,700 different people groups who have not heard the Good News of salvation in Jesus Christ; not even once. This accounts for over 40% of all the people groups in the world. All these people are still “living…in darkness” (Isaiah 9:6). But that’s not all. There are still others like them in our neighborhoods, colleagues at workplaces, friends in the colleges we attend—and yes, although they look like that have it all, they are still walking in darkness. They still need to see the light of the Gospel so that they can be in a right relationship with Jesus Christ. Let’s ask God for wisdom and boldness to share the Gospel with them. Let us plead with God to open doors of the Gospel in places where they are yet to hear the Gospel.