A Great Light

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them the light has shined.
—Isaiah 9:2

Devotion:

Jesus came into this dark world of sin, yet even more wonderful to tell, He is willing to come into the dark world of our hearts—our hearts of sin—bringing a light that will never go out. Christ brings the light of life to those into whose hearts he comes. Behold, they that “sat in darkness saw a great light” (Matthew 4:16).

We as Christians are called “children of light.” In one sense, the sun, warmth, light, and day are all symbols of God, and pictures of all that is good. We have all been called out of the darkness into light.

Because the light of the world has come, we have hope. In The Inferno of Dante’s Divine Comedy, the famous inscription over the Gates of Hell reads, “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.”

Without hope, we have nothing. Hopelessness, darkness, and despair are tools of the devil to keep people away from God, away from Jesus Christ and His marvelous light. Jesus is the light of the world, and without Him, we walk in darkness. Jesus has come and He has brought light and life to our dark world.

Question to ponder: What is the connection between physical and spiritual light?