Nevertheless, that time of darkness and despair will not go on forever. The land of Zebulun and Naphtali will be humbled, but there will be a time in the future when Galilee of the Gentiles, which lies along the road that runs between the Jordan and the sea, will be filled with glory. The people who walk in darkness
will see a great light.
For those who live in a land of deep darkness
a light will shine. - Isaiah 9:1-2
A light, shining in the distance - it’s what drew the “wise men” to travel with royal gifts to a humble child in a tiny town (Matthew 2:1-2).
A light, God’s “radiant glory” gleaming around a group of angels, led shepherds to worship a at the foot of a feeding trough. (Luke 2:8-20)
And a light, promised centuries before, left His heavenly home to enter the world as a baby, God’s perfect plan to restore a people left in a land of darkness (John 1:1-14).
One holy night, the Light of the World, the Son of God, became a man. And from the beginning, it seemed there was no room for Him in this world He came to save.
The night he was born, Jesus’ favored mother and earthly father laid the promised Savior in a manger (Luke 2:1-7). There was no lodging for them in Bethlehem. We have no room for Him here.
As He grew, religious leaders rejected Him (Matthew 12). They thought they knew everything, that Surely, this Jesus could not be the Savior! They threw everything from accusations to stones at Him as their words and their actions spoke, we have no room for Him here.
In His ministry as an adult, He returned to His hometown (Luke 4:14-30), where His neighbors said of Him, “Isn’t that just Mary and Joseph’s son?” And the Bible tells us, “They took offense at Him.” We have no room for Him here.
Then later, though Jesus was innocent, the Jewish people demanded He be taken away, that they’d rather keep a criminal than the Christ, as they yelled, “Crucify Him!” (Luke 23:13-25). We have no room for Him here.
“He came to His own,” Scripture tells us, “and those who were His own did not receive Him...” (John 1:11).
The Light of the World was rejected by the ones for whom He came to shine. But that wasn’t the end of the story, and it doesn’t have to be the end of yours. Right after John 1:11, comes John 1:12 (surprise!), and it’s here we see our glorious hope, for:
...But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.
WOW! Though we’ve repeatedly said of Jesus, “We have no room for you here!” the rest of the story is that He’s made room for us. Because of this Savior’s perfectly obedient life, His sacrificial death, and His powerful resurrection, there is room for us in His family, the family of God.
Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life…" - John 8:12
So this Christmas season, even amid the twinkling lights, cozy blankets, and holiday cheer, ask yourself: beneath it all, are you walking in a land of darkness? Are you breaking under the weight of despair?
Nevertheless, that time of darkness and despair will not go on forever...for those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine. (Isaiah 9:1a,2b)
Our light has come. Humbly and gloriously, He has come and He has made a way for us to have hope, joy, peace, and life. He is the way. We’re called simply to believe in Him, follow Him, and trust Him to reign at the center of our hearts where He has always rightly belonged.
He has room for you. Will you make room for Him?