Capernaum • Devotion #1: Son-light

Many of us have heard the Isaiah chapter 9 verses about the birth of Jesus because we have grown up in the church, or we heard it because of “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Most likely, everyone has heard the Bible verse that tells us that “unto us this day, a child was born.” However, most of us have never looked at that whole prophecy. The second verse in chapter 9 of Isaiah reads, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone.” While all the prophecies involving Jesus are important, this one is the top tier for sure.

Jesus came to Earth on a mission. While the main goal of that mission was to restore the relationship between the perfect God and His fallen creation, there were a few more “perks” mankind got because of Jesus. Isaiah tells us that the coming Messiah would bring light to those who walk in darkness. Just so we can all be on the same page, that is all of humanity. Every person, other than Jesus, who has ever lived on this planet, is infected by sin. Sin causes us to be strangers to God. Sin causes us to walk around in pitch darkness. One thing about darkness is we sometimes forget how dark darkness is because we enjoy the light so much.

 John chapter 1 also has a familiarity to it. John 1:1-5 fulfills this prophecy, saying, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” This prophecy is fulfilled in the coming of Jesus when the true light of the world is born. I love the idea that the life that Jesus brings, brings light for men, and that because of Jesus, the light He brings is so strong that darkness will never overcome it. 

God knew mankind was stumbling around in the darkness. From the moment Adam and Eve sinned, mankind had an issue; they never had light. I am talking more about a spiritual light in this sense, not the sunlight. Sunlight comes and goes, it can get blocked by objects, and it has a time limit on how long it is around. The beautiful thing about Jesus is He does not bring sunlight into a person’s world; He brings “Son light.” The light that Jesus brings to a person is strong enough to bring life, to bring guidance, and this light is never blocked or overcome. We live in a world that has darkness in it. My hope is that the light you cling to is the light that Isaiah talks about. My prayer for you is that you have accepted the Son of God into your life as Lord. My challenge for you is that if you are in the midst of darkness, you will find where the true light of the world is.

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