Light of the World: Day Nine
Hope for Those in Darkness
Read Isaiah 9:2-7
In 2010 there was a group of 33 Chilean miners who were trapped for a record-breaking period of time. They were 2300 feet underground when part of the mine they were working in collapsed and left them stranded in the bowels of the earth for 69 days. For over 2 months these 33 men dwelt in darkness. As you can imagine, the conditions in that dark and dank place got really putrid and disgusting. They were surviving by eating tuna in water as a sort-of soup, with cookies on the side. As people poured into Chile from all over the world, in a combined effort to rescue these men, they set up a basecamp near the collapse. They named their camp, “Esperanza.” Hope. The miners were trapped in darkness, in their own filth, and were completely helpless to escape; they needed to be rescued. 17 days into their ordeal, the rescue team was able to bore deep enough that they burst through to the men and a small ray of light shone upon the miners. It took the rescue team an additional 52 days to rescue every single miner from the depths of the earth but upon that first ray of sunlight shining through the darkness on day 17, the miners realized there was hope. A savior was coming.
We’ve spent the last 8 days being reminded of the fact that mankind walks in darkness. Ever since sin entered the world through Adam and Eve, the world has been stained by sin. Yet in his compassion, mercy, grace, and faithfulness God continued to remind people that there was hope. A Savior was coming.
As Isaiah was prophesying (about 700 years before Jesus’ birth), he saw this ray of light shine upon the people walking in darkness. But what is this ray of light? As we continue reading in Isaiah 9, we find the answer in one of the most famous prophecies about Jesus:
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
The light that Isaiah sees is none other than the Messiah. It is the one who God had been promising from Genesis 3:15, the seed of a woman. A child would be born that would give light to those in darkness and take care of mankind’s sin problem. This is why Isaiah describes it not merely as just “a light” but it is “a great light” because those who walk and dwell in the muck and mire of the darkness would have a light shine upon them. Hope. The Savior was coming.
Action Point: Read Psalm 103:1-5. Take a moment to consider the pit God redeemed you from. What were some of the ways you were walking in darkness before he shone his light on you and saved you? Write out your own prayer, thanking the Lord for all he’s done in your life in bringing you out of darkness.