The prophet Isaiah prophesied in the Bible book, called by his name, that Judah and Jerusalem would bear the wrath of the Lord because of their evil ways. He speaks to them of what is about to happen to them and then in this second chapter he calls them to “walk in the light.” A little further on in chapter 9, verse 2, Isaiah writes: “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.” Then in chapter 42, verses 6 and 7, he writes: “I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.” These words from Isaiah 9:1 and 2 are repeated in Matthews gospel chapter 4, verse 16.
Jesus refers to himself as the “Light of the World” in John 8:12: “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'”
The word “light” reminds me of the words of the Apostle John in 1 John 1:7 “…if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin.”
“Light” is a defining characteristic of the Godhead and thus also of this season of Advent. There is much emphasis on light throughout this season of the church year and even throughout the whole year. Light has to do with comprehension, understanding, seeing…also it is one of the defining characteristics of Jesus our Savior. Let the words of the next paragraph help you to define who you are and what you should be doing as one who is walking in the light..
By the “house of Jacob, Isaiah means the people of Israel, the children of Abraham. Yet, since Abraham was the father of the faithful, all of us who live by faith are his children too. So to all believers he appeals, “Let us walk in the light of the Lord.”
Prayer: Lord, in this Advent season, a season of lights, shine Your light on our paths.