but in the latter time he has made glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations

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.
Is. 9:1b-2 ESV 

 

All around the world today people are enjoying their Christmas gifts. Last Night almost everyone had a special dinner with their loved ones. Some of us headed to Church for a special time of communion and reflexion on Jesus’ birth. As I was getting ready to enter this special time of the year. The Holy Spirit lead me to Isaiah 9:1-2. I want to share with you what the God whisper was.

Heaven whispered something special, and my soul heard the God whisper; that still small voice that gently echoed in the depths of my heart: “My light has shone on  you, my beloved”.And that’s precisely what I want to share with you today. It’s Christmas day and as I get ready to do life, I just knew I had to share with you that special word God gave me.

but in the latter time he has made glorious… Galilee of the nations

 The word but is a conjunction which is used to not only make a contrast but also to highlight it as well. Now this is important because for many years Galilee was perceived by the jews as “too gentile”, as a place with “gentile influence”, due to the fact that it was surrounded by tree pagan nations. Some historians tells us that there was a time where almost no jew lived there because of this. So that simple word but really is telling us what God was about to do through Jesus. He made it glorious. Isn’t it that amazing? What once had no value and was perceived as unworthy now through Jesus birth it was made glorious. That was precisely what our lives gained through Christ. Once we had no value and were worthless but now through Jesus not only value has been placed upon our lives but also we’ve received a glorious promise: eternal life.

The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light; 

 The word walked in these verses describes a former situation. That situation was darkness. I don’t know ‘bout you, but once I used to walk in great darkness until the light of Jesus entered my life. That’s what we celebrate at Christmas. We celebrate the fact the true and one glorious light entered this world in the form of a baby boy almost 2000 years ago. We saw the light of hope, the light of freedom, the light of second chance, the light of forgiveness, the light of restoration, the light of healing, in the persona of Jesus Christ. Now that’s something worthy to celebrate and commemorate. 

The second part of this phrase says have seen a great light. That word light means dawn, daylight, and sunshine. I don’t know about you but once I saw a wonderful dawn shining upon the darkness in which I dwelt, one day the endless and perfect daylight illuminated my whole world with that sacred yet glorious sunshine from above. Heaven’s perfect sun dawned in the darkness of my heart and gave me a hope and a future in Jesus.

We didn’t saw a random or simple light. We saw a great light. In Hebrew the word used for great has the following meanings: deep, exceedingly, extremely, far more. The light from heaven that shone more than 2000 years ago in a manger was a deep light, was a exceedingly merciful light, it was an extremely graceful light, it was a light that exceeded my expectations far more than what I ever thought or imagined. That’s what I celebrate in Christmas day. That’s the main reason for my celebration.  That God, through Christ, gave me no the one but the ultimate, perfect, and eternal gift of all: salvation.

those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
on them has light shone

 We all, at some point in time, lived in a season of deep darkness. I love the way Scripture describes the darkness in which we used to live. Not only we lived in darkness, but we made our habitation in it. That’s what the word dwelt means here. We did not settle to just live  temporary in darkness but we made of it our perpetual habitation, until the perfect light from above shone over us. That’s what we celebrate over Christmas. At least that is what we are to celebrate. It will be pointless for us, to simply gather for a nice meal, for fellowship with our loved ones, it will have no meaning to just gather because it is a mainstream festivity everyone does. Yes we gather over Christmas, but it has to have a meaning. Christmas has the word Christ on it. He is the main reason of our gathering. We come together to celebrate that the light from heaven took human form, that the sun of justice decided to take corporal form, we celebrate that hope made itself flesh and blood so that we might have acces to it. On Christmas day we celebrate that once we dwelt in a land of deep darkness but due to Jesus birth the eternal light has shone on us.