The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light,
And upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death
Light has dawned.”
When Jesus was brought to the Temple to be dedicated to the Lord an old Prophet Simeon, came by the Spirit and prophesied over Jesus that He would be a light to the Gentiles.
A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles,
And the glory of Your people Israel.”
When people are in darkness, they stop moving, or move very slowly, very cautiously, however, after a while they stop, then they sit, going nowhere. There are several things that are essential to our well being. One of them is to know we are moving forward, to know we are making progress. To feel like we are going nowhere, completely frustrates how we are built.
People sit down also because they’ve lost the energy to walk or even stand, to make decisions or to hold ground against the pressure.
When we’re in the darkness of condemnation and guilt we lose energy. We are drained of enthusiasm and motivation when the darkness of discouragement or despair comes over our minds.
We have the choice, to fix our eyes upon the darkness or to fix them on the light.
Isaiah told us darkness would cover the Earth
For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,
And deep darkness the people;
But the Lord will arise over you,
And His glory will be seen upon you.
However, he also told us to not let the darkness overwhelm us but to realise that the Light has come and that we should therefore no longer remain sitting, but stand and arise;
For your light has come!
And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.
In the dark we;
IMAGINE THE WORST
When we’re in darkness we imagine the worst. Something moving nearby is a threat, we imagine it’s a snake, or a spider. If someone touches us we jump with fear. Crime increases when night falls. Most crimes are committed in darkness, not in bright light.
People sit in darkness when they’re guilty and feel condemned under the darkness of no hope.
People sit in darkness when they don’t know where they’re going or what to do.
Without light there’s often also no heat. When the sun rises the cool night turns to a warm day. Light and heat are often together. Plants grow in the sunlight but die without it. Health comes with sunlight. An old Italian proverb – ‘Where the Sun goes, the physician need not’.
To these people a great light rises, even those sitting in the region of death and in the shadow of death,.
Jesus is not just like the sun, nor is he just like a candle, or a light bulb. He is the great light.
CHRIST IS THE LIGHT, THE HOPE OF THE WORLD.
The reason Christ is a great light is because above all these things He is the HOPE of the world.
When we talk of light shining on our future, it definitely refers to hope beaming into our lives.