9 Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the nations, by the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan—
2 The people walking in darkness
A light has dawned
After Isaiah has faithfully pronounced his message of impending judgment from God, for the nation’s idolatry and sin, comes this wonderful and uplifting passage full of hope and encouragement. It really does stand out like a beacon of light.
“Nevertheless” conveys the meaning that despite their failures, God still loved His people and was working behind the scenes on their behalf.
When we think back to last year, around this time there was much “gloom” and “distress”. Life as we knew it had changed dramatically. We were made to realise the things that were really important and that the things we thought we needed didn’t really matter at all.
There were headlines like “Christmas is cancelled!” But that could only refer to the man-made idea of Christmas. The true meaning of Christmas that “a light has dawned” and “to us a Son is given” still stands unchangeable today. That Jesus humbled Himself to come as a baby to show us the way to God is still our “beacon of light”.
May the knowledge that God loves us so much “He gave His only Son” fill us with a fresh sense of hope and be our reason for rejoicing this Christmas. May we truly have:
“The light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2 Corinthians 4:6)
Arthur and Violet Wintour