This life is so short. Nobody knows when we will die and nobody expects it will happen anytime soon in their life. We all plan for the future and never expect heartaches to take place so soon in life. Therefore, people live their own lives apart from God. It isn’t until their hearts are open before God that they understand the state they are in and repent. They are then able to see what they have been missing out on. Their eyes can see the darkness upon the land and even in the things that they have been doing themselves. Therefore, the humble call upon the Lord, to deliver them. They are sorry for the wickedness in their lives and want no part of anything that is contrary to God any longer. All this happens when the Lord God’s light pierces through a person’s life and they respond to the gospel. Jesus is that God and has come to save us all. Isaiah 9 reads, 1“the people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.” This is the light that they have waited for all their lives and didn’t even know it.
The light that shines upon us all is our Lord, Jesus. 2He is the chosen Messiah, who was born to save us all from our sins. Voluntarily, He came into this world, knowing that He would suffer for us on the cross. Now long before His birth, it was recorded by Isaiah, 1“for unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.” This describes Jesus’s birth and God coming into the world in the flesh. What a wonderful time that must have been to not only see this vision but also the people that would later experience it firsthand. As was mentioned, the Savior of the world did come. He is so wonderful, as to be our counselor and to bring us peace, when we need it most.
Now let us reflect upon Jesus and His birth for a moment. As Isaiah mentioned, the people that are in darkness are able to see a great light and this light is the Lord Jesus. Truly, the Lord changes everything. John recorded that 3“in him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.” So anyone that is simply willing to come unto Jesus will be filled with His light. They will come to know love that never ends and peace that cannot be vanquished. As Isaiah wrote, 1“the Lord sent a word into Jacob, and it hath lighted upon Israel.” Surely, those people were so blessed, as are we are today. As believers in Christ, we ought to rejoice, for God has saved us. We were dead but through Him, we are made alive.
Now, in all good things we know that not everyone will accept it. Instead, most people have and will continue to reject the truth. This is because pride gets in the way. This stops so many people from experiencing a life of joy, through Christ Jesus. 4However, even if it has to come in judgement or this life, everyone will eventually bow at the Name of Jesus. In this manner, Isaiah said, that 1“all the people shall know, even Ephraim and the inhabitant of Samaria, that say in the pride and stoutness of heart.” There is no escaping it. What is sad is that people that turn away from the good news are only doing more harm than not. There is salvation to be had in Jesus, but the hardness in people’s hearts deny it. Instead of the joy that God gives, His wrath is upon the wicked. In judgment, they will experience this first hand. Isaiah said, 1“for all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.” God will continue to beckon anyone that so desires into His fold. However, there is no forcing, so people need to make this choice on their own. I just pray that You choose to follow Jesus.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I know that so many people are content with their own lives and cannot see what they are missing out on, when it comes to You. They think that they have everything they need and their current beliefs should not be trifled with. Therefore, so many do not allow Your gospel message to be shared with them. Instead, people say things like, “I won’t say bad things about your religion, so why do that with me?” Each time I hear this Lord, my heart is saddened. These people are so lost and aren’t even aware of it. Lord, You know and I know that it is because of the hardness of their hearts that they resist the truth. Therefore, Your light is not able to penetrate their lives in a way that is pleasing to You. In all this, I pray that more people, in this situation, will at least wake up to their sins. Then, in their brokenness, will some of them reach out to You, God, for comfort. Pierce their hearts and show them that You are God. May the Holy Spirit teach them these things and allow them to be humbled. I know that Your truth is waiting for them, if they but come unto You. Then will their eyes and ears be opened and the people in the faith will make perfect sense to them. Yes, Lord, I pray for a revival to stir in the hearts of these people today. May they draw near unto You and find salvation. This I pray, in Your Holy Name. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
Note: Any Numbered References, found above, are listed below.
1Isaiah 9:1-14 (KJV)
1 Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations.
2 The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.
3 Thou hast multiplied the nation, and not increased the joy: they joy before thee according to the joy in harvest, and as men rejoice when they divide the spoil.
4 For thou hast broken the yoke of his burden, and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, as in the day of Midian.
5 For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood; but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire.
6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
8 The Lord sent a word into Jacob, and it hath lighted upon Israel.
9 And all the people shall know, even Ephraim and the inhabitant of Samaria, that say in the pride and stoutness of heart,
10 The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycomores are cut down, but we will change them into cedars.
11 Therefore the Lord shall set up the adversaries of Rezin against him, and join his enemies together;
12 The Syrians before, and the Philistines behind; and they shall devour Israel with open mouth. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
13 For the people turneth not unto him that smiteth them, neither do they seek the Lord of hosts.
14 Therefore the Lord will cut off from Israel head and tail, branch and rush, in one day.
2Matthew 1:18-25 (KJV)
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.
20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.
22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:
25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name Jesus.
3John 1:1-14 (KJV)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
4Philippians 2:1-11 (KJV)
1 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,
2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.