Jesus the Light, Part 2

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And in the new light, God created the sea and the sky and the animals and the trees. He created the sun to rule by day and the moon to rule by night. He made the stars. And then, as the crowning work of His beautiful creation, God created Adam and Eve.

And God saw everything He had made, and it was very good.

But the people God made were not satisfied with the light. And so Eve fell prey to the liar, Satan, and ate of the fruit that would give her knowledge not only of the light, but also of the darkness. She shared the fruit with Adam, and thus they plunged the whole world into the darkness—a darkness blacker than night—a darkness without hope.

Yet even in the garden, God had a plan, for He would not willingly see His creation doomed to darkness. And so He promised that a Savior would one day come . . . the Bringer of light.

Centuries went by, and God’s people, chosen by Him to bring hope to the world, to have the light of His presence dwelling in their temple, sought instead the darkness of idols. Kings rose and fell; nations grew to great power and then diminished; and into the darkness of the world spoke God’s prophets, promising light—

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

The promise was given. Yet still passed centuries, and to those few of God’s people who still waited in expectation, the wait seemed long indeed. For just as we cannot force the sun to come up even one moment earlier than it will, so we cannot force God to change His time table.  But that does not mean the sun will not rise, nor does it mean that God will not keep His promise.

Oh come, oh come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel
that mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, oh Israel.

Oh come, Thou Dayspring, come and cheer our spirits by Thine advent here.
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night, and death’s dark shadow put to flight.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, oh Israel.

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