The people that live in darkness have seen a great light

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

When darkness overshadowed the earth, God commanded light on the scene by saying; “Let there be light!” and darkness disappeared instantly. With Adam’s sin, the whole earth became enveloped in darkness again – spiritual darkness this time. The people had eyes but could not see, ears but could not hear and their understanding lacked the sharpness with which Adam named all the animals.

It was a sad state of affairs because human beings ceased to live their full potential. God made them kings and gave them dominion over all creation. When humankind fell it lost everything it was meant to be. Would God sit idly by to allow this situation to persist?

When the time had fully come, understand God’s timetable, He spoke through His prophet Isaiah; “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadows of death a light has dawned.” (Isaiah 9:2)  What would constitute this great light? Prophet Isaiah continues: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever.  The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.” (Isaiah 9:2-7) 

This is quite a mouthful, but in essence it summarised what this child will become and what he would accomplish. Let us note that he would reign; which means he would be a king with a kingdom. Furthermore, he would establish and uphold justice then and forever. Lastly, that God would accomplish it.

In the book of Malachi, prophesy had revealed giving Jesus another title the “sun of righteousness” (Malachi 4:2) The sun shed its light on the earth, bringing with it light and heat necessary for life (everything that exists on earth). Light dispenses with darkness, and darkness cannot comprehend it.

In the Old Testament runs a thread through every book which reveals Jesus. You cannot look closely and miss it. This light came to lighten the world as would the sun, with its rays of righteousness. Indeed when the light finally dawned, taking the form of a human being -- though it went unnoticed -- it brought with it a change. Our Lord Jesus was born that man no more may die; he was born to raise the sons of earth, born to give them a second birth.

The fact of the matter is that we are all born not of our own volition. No one has asked to be born of any particular parents. We do not have a say as to where, when and to whom we are born. Then also, we are born sinners – born in the likeness of Adam and Eve who became sinners following their act of disobedience. When our Lord Jesus told one of the reputed Jewish scholars of his day “You must be born again,” (John 3:3), he could not understand.

Being born again means; making a conscious move to accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour; becoming a new creature that has shed its old skin, willing to take on the new. When a reptile sheds its skin, it changes on the outside. When a human being is born again, he or she is changed through and through, that is, from the inside out.  He or she becomes conscious of his or her status as a sinner that has need of a Saviour. He or she needs to repent, because; “All have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory.” (Romans 6:23) In other words, we cannot change ourselves.     

Darkness is a horrible state to be in---ask any blind person if you want to know. It is paralysing and frustrating to say the least. There is very little you can do for yourself and are therefore at the mercy of others. Most of all, it restricts your every move. As our Lord Jesus walked down the streets of Jericho, a blind man named Bartimaeus, heard the commotion and enquired what the matter was. The reply came that it was Jesus who was passing by.  

Automatically, some thought ran through his mind and he shouted, to get His attention; “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Mark 4:)

But His followers rebuffed him, only to get him to shout louder until he caught our Lord Jesus’ attention. Our Lord Jesus asked that they should call him. They did. Then he did something strange. The account tells us that he threw his uniform away and dashed towards our Lord Jesus. Observe two things! They tried to stop or deprive him of his breakthrough, he shouted the loudest to capture our Lord Jesus’ attention. Secondly, he got rid of what used to identify him as a blind man. He had not received his sight yet and was all out to receive it. All that was required was for him to get close to Jesus.

When our Lord Jesus asked him what he wanted, he did not mince matters, he went straight to the point. “Lord, I want to see.” Recognising the important from the essential is already a first step to our salvation. The timing comes next.

Blind Bartimaeus did not have a clue when our Lord Jesus the healer would come his way again. So he took the bull by its horns and it worked for him. Our Lord Jesus Saviour, the Good Shepherd, our Redeemer is coming your way. He is the Light of the world. Do not miss this rendez-vous for your breakthrough!