John the Baptists father prophesied, “For you (John) will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.” Luke 1:76-79
This kind of light spoken of in verse 79 is light that appears and shines, like at the break of day. The darkness in that same verse is the kind of darkness that makes us stop in our tracks. Have you ever been in a cave where the guide turns off all the lights and there is such blackness, that your eyes can see nothing? It’s that kind of darkness that Christ has overcome. It’s that kind of blackness that Christ has come to shine His light into, so we can see where to move next.
The darkness at the crucifixion was that black, so black that even Christ cries out.
From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).
The One who cried out in the darkness that dark day, ascended to the glory of the Father in heaven, in order to be able to shine light into the hearts of men, women and children across the globe.
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:6
We saw that light was the first thing in all creation…
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. Genesis 1:3
…and illumination is the first work of the Holy Spirit in our hearts when we believe and are awakened to the full light of Christ.
This is amazing grace!
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