Monday, December 18, 2017

Advent Day 16 ~ Light

Today's word is light.

"The people walking in darkness
    have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
    a light has dawned."
Isaiah 9:2

“Arise, shine, for your light has come,
    and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.
See, darkness covers the earth
    and thick darkness is over the peoples,
but the Lord rises upon you
    and his glory appears over you.
Nations will come to your light,
    and kings to the brightness of your dawn."
Isaiah 60:1-3

"When Jesus spoke again to the people, he 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

Light. We use it to mark celebrations with candles on birthday cakes, fireworks on Independence Day, and twinkling Christmas lights in this holiday season. Since time began light has been seen as a good and positive thing. It marks the first day of creation:

"And God said, "Let there be light. 
God saw that the light was good, 
and he separated the light from the darkness."
Genesis 1:3
Light also marks our celebration of the Incarnation, for just as light came into the world with God's creation, spiritual light comes into the word with the birth of God's Son. Isaiah prophesied that the Messiah would be a "great light" to those walking in darkness. In John's gospel, when referring to the Incarnation, he said, "The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world" (John 1:9). Jesus, the Messiah, illuminates spiritually in the hearts of men. He brings those who are living in spiritual darkness and captivity into the light of God's love.

"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 the glory of God in the face of Christ."
2 Corinthians 4:6

"Jesus is the radiance of the Father, and he will fill the world and everything in it with light. Jesus is the light of the world. ~John Piper

"Through Him all things were made; 
without Him nothing was made that has been made. 
In Him was life, 
and that life was the light of men."
John 1:3-4

"Jesus has come into a dark world and is the light of the world." ~John Piper
Jesus is the light of the world. In this we rejoice and we celebrate the One who has come to give us the light of life!
"Arise, shine, for your light has come,
    and the glory of the Lord rises upon you!"
Isaiah 60:1

My journal pages for today:

The Advent Words 2017 prompts and Scripture reading calendar can be found in this post or in the Facebook group.

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