In Isaiah 9 we find a passage that bridges the time in which he was writing with the time when Jesus lived with our time today.It speaks of what was, what is, and what will be. By virtue of its timelessness, it is perfect for today.
Throughout time people have craved for light to shine in the darkness, for evil to be overcome. Isaiah’s words, “the people walking in darkness have seen a great light”, bring hope. He writes about breaking the yoke of oppression, of ending the foreign dominance. In Jesus’ day it was the Romans on one level and the religious leaders on another level. Today the things that oppress us vary greatly – from the self-imposed to things out of our control. Forever and always we will long for freedom.
Into the midst of the oppression and the longing for freedom from all that burdens us steps the Christ child. Tonight we celebrate Jesus’ birth – the entrance of the True Light, the arrival of eternal freedom. Embrace these truths as we gather tonight to welcome Him into the world and into our lives.
Isaiah 9: 2-7