Remember Isaiah’s prediction? “They that dwell in darkness, upon them has the light shined. They that live in the land of deep darkness, unto them a great light is given.” (Isaiah 9:2)
In the First Century, the world was sunk in darkness. Hopelessness lay like a heavy blanket upon the earth. Then, in the dark night skies over Bethlehem an angel appeared to a group of shepherds and said, “Fear not; for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10-11).
It is against the darkness of our own time that the light of the Christmas message goes out again this year. God has made a way to break through human cruelty, weakness, arrogance, despair, and sinfulness to give us peace, joy, and gladness. The hope of the world has always been that God would “rescue us from darkness and bring us into the kingdom of His Son.” (Colossians 1:13)
“That is why we never give up…Our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see right now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)
Merry Christmas and a Happy 2016!
Clinton B. Ashford, MD