“The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.”
Isaiah 49:6 says, “It is too small a thing for you (Jesus) to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light to the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.”
Remember when you were a child asleep in your bedroom and something startled you and you awoke to a dark room? You looked around to see if you recognized anything that would give you a hint of where you were, but nothing was there. It was a hopeless void.
Then your imagination started playing tricks and fear set in – followed by panic and hopelessness. You cried out in fear hoping a savior would rescue you from this bleakness. Then the light came on, and standing in the doorway is a motherly figure gently assuring you everything is OK. You are safe!
As mom dried the tears, you began to recognize you were at home, safe and warm, with all your belongings provided by mom and dad. With calm reassurance that you have been rescued, you drift off to sleep.
As Christians, Jew and Gentile alike, we can enjoy the freedom of worshiping our Savior, who conquered darkness for the sake of the world.
Dear Father, thank you for sending Jesus to be “a light to the Gentiles” so we too could be included in the great salvation and restoration he won for all. Amen.
Contributed by Conrad Griggs