Light in the Darkness

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Isaiah began chapter 60 with these hopeful words.

Arise, shine; for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.

For darkness shall cover the earth,
and thick darkness the peoples;
but the Lord will arise upon you,
and his glory will appear over you.

Nations shall come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
(Isaiah 60.1-3)

Let’s meditate on these very encouraging words.

The Gift of Light

Isaiah’s message is dominated by the word “light.”

On the first day of creation, “God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light” (Genesis 1.3).

“God separated the light from the darkness” (Genesis 1.4). This was a physical separation, but the separation occurs in the moral and spiritual sense too.

When John described Jesus, he said: “In him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it” (John 1.4-5).

The impact that Jesus made on the world was to bring life and light to all people. When his light shines in the moral and spiritual darkness of the world’s system, the darkness is not able to overcome his powerful light.

On another occasion, Jesus said: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life” (John 8.12).

Because the darkness is unable to overcome Jesus’ light, we can walk in his light and experience his life.

Rudy Ross believes that God’s light is one of his greatest gifts to humans. Please take a moment and listen to our YouTube video today on the Bob Spradling channel. He has insights that are worth considering.

All of us can join Rudy and praise God for the gift of his life.

The Light Wins

Isaiah states what we all know about light and darkness.

For darkness shall cover the earth,
and thick darkness the peoples;
but the Lord will arise upon you,
and his glory will appear over you.
(Isaiah 60.2)

I don’t think I have to write too much about the spiritual darkness that currently covers the earth. I think practical atheism is the dominant religious expression today.

What I mean by “practical atheism” is that people claim to believe in God, but live their lives as though God did not exist.

Our broken relationship with God is reflected in the way we treat one another. I won’t weigh you down with the obvious. If you want to understand the darkness of the current age, spend a few minutes with social media or the news.

The good news of Isaiah’s prophecy is that the darkness will not overcome the light. God, who created light, will arise and his glory will appear in the lives of humans.

Pastor Jake Taylor spoke of the first fruits in his Sunday message. He showed a crop of tomatoes that give evidence of bushels more to come from their family garden.

Maywood has some first-fruits of people who have experienced God’s “light” and “glory.”

— One woman outlined her new life by chronicling her employment history over the past nine years. She began at $7.45 an hour and is now a trainer and advocate for women.

— Two brothers spoke with me after church. Both are sober and quite well employed. One of the brothers owns his over-the-road truck.

— I spoke with another man who has a few years of sobriety. He operates his own business and has expansion plans.

All of these people have something in common. Their lives reflect God’s word through John.

John wrote, “This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all.

“If we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1.5 and 7).

A Promise for Israel

God gave Israel a promise.

Nations shall come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
(Isaiah 60.3)

This is not the first time in Isaiah that God spoke about Israel’s future.

In days to come
the mountain of the Lord’s house
shall be established as the highest of the mountains,
and shall be raised above the hills;
all the nations shall stream to it.

Many peoples shall come and say,
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
to the house of the God of Jacob;
that he may teach us his ways
and that we may walk in his paths.”

For out of Zion shall go forth instruction,
and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
(Isaiah 2.2-3)

A miracle of God formed the nation of Israel. God released more than a million Hebrews from slavery in Egypt without a single loss of life among his people.

He gave to them his instructions on Mount Sinai. The instructions came from his loving heart and were designed to promote God’s kind of love among humans.

The words I have quoted are not Isaiah’s good thinking about his people. The prophet was nothing more than a mediator for God. They are God’s words for his people.

Just as God set the Hebrews free from Egyptian bondage, God will cause the world to come to his people to learn his ways so they can walk in his paths.

As we think about the darkness, we can rest assured that God is active in history. The darkness of the tomb was overcome with the resurrection.

The darkness of sin is overcome by God’s love and the work of the Holy Spirit.

The darkness of the world will be overcome by God’s glory and light.

About This Blog

Rudy Ross and I have a YouTube video on this chapter. It is on the Bob Spradling YouTube channel. I encourage you to listen to our discussion.

Please email your prayer request to bsprad49@gmail.com or private message me on Facebook. The Maywood Baptist prayer team will pray for you.

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