But there will be no more gloom for her who was in anguish; in earlier times He treated the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali with contempt, but later on He shall make it glorious, by the way of the sea, on the other side of Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles.
2 The people who walk in darkness
Will see a great light;
Those who live in a dark land,
The light will shine on them.
3 You shall multiply the nation,
You shall increase their gladness;
They will be glad in Your presence
As with the gladness of harvest,
As men rejoice when they divide the spoil.
4 For You shall break the yoke of their burden and the staff on their shoulders,
The rod of their oppressor, as at the battle of Midian.
5 For every boot of the booted warrior in the battle tumult,
And cloak rolled in blood, will be for burning, fuel for the fire. (Isaiah 9:1-5)
Isaiah prophesied two important events in today’s verses: the Assyrian invasion of Judah and the coming of the Messiah. For the Israelites, Assyria’s invasion of the Promised Land would be a painful experience. However, Isaiah’s message was not entirely doom and gloom. He also foretold that there would be a “great light” that would shine on those who live in darkness. This light was a reference to the Messiah, the one who would come and bring gladness to His people. The gladness He brought was like the gladness experienced at harvest, when all the waiting and reaping ﬁnally brought life-giving fruit. The kind of gladness the Messiah would bring would also be like the gladness that accompanied triumph in battle, as when an oppressor had ﬁnally been defeated and the victory celebration had begun.
We have also seen a great Light, a Light belonging to our Savior, Redeemer, and Messiah. He came into this world as a human to bring light, victory, and a harvest of righteousness to every man and woman living in darkness.
- What comes to mind when you think about the light that Jesus bring to a person’s life?
- Why is it important to our faith that Jesus, the one true light, came to earth as a man?