December 16th, 2015
When Isaiah spoke of “people walking in darkness,” he referred to the Gentiles, who were not the chosen race, the so-called people of God. Some Jews saw God as their own private possession. He had singled them out for special favor. The Jews were indeed the chosen race–elected to be the ones through whom God’s plan for the entire world would be fulfilled. Thank God the light has dawned on us all!
The land of deep darkness is any place where God is not welcomed, where His light is rejected. The light dawns on all, but not all receive it or live in that light. Even His own did not welcome Him. “He came to that which was his own,” says John, “but his own did not receive him” (1:11). They chose the darkness. “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God (John 1:12).
How about you? Have you received the light? Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).
Author: Marlene Chase