We finished our Morning Star series by looking at a passage from Isaiah chapter 9. Isaiah prophesied prior to the Assyrian invasion of Israel and this particular text looks forward and envisions the nation conquered by the Assyrians. They are starving, they’re crushed under all sorts of social and psychological pressures and looking to the great intellectuals, the mediums, spiritualists and channelers. Why? They’re trying to find an answer to their problems. Isaiah summarizes all their searching by saying, "And they will look to the earth, but behold, distress and darkness, the gloom of anguish. And they will be thrust into thick darkness" (Isaiah 8:22). When we talk about spiritual darkness, this is what we are talking about. If you remove God from the equation, what hope can you possibly introduce into the gloom and despair of the world? What meaning can life offer you? What objective purpose can there possibly be? When we look to earth there is darkness, thick black darkness. But God has sliced through the darkness in the form of Jesus Christ. Isaiah says,
"The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined...For to us a child is born, to us a son is given!"
The light came upon them. They didn't generated it, ignite it or kindle it. The light just came and pierced in through the darkness. Christmas is all about light entering the world, a message of unparalleled hope because darkness is terrible. But there is a sense in which light is terrible too! What does that light reveal about our hearts? The light exposes our dirty insides, our selfish, bitter, jealous hearts. The beauty of the Christmas light of Jesus is that not only does he expose the dirtiness, he offers to clean it up. He has offered, through the sacrifice of his son, to pay for the penalty of our sins. This is what we celebrate this season. Not a harmless child, but the blinding light of sovereignty that both revealed and removed our sin problem!