Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Light Invades the World

Photo by Beverly
Scripture: Isaiah 9:2
The people who walk in darkness Will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land, The light will shine on them.

Insights: This week marks the end to our 2016 Thoughts by Scott blogposts.  What better way to conclude our thoughts this year than with reflections on Christmas and the Light with entered the world to save humanity from their sins.  As I preached this first point Sunday I read to the audience a blog post by Chad Bird (http://www.chadbird.com/blog/2016/12/17/when-a-dragon-tried-to-eat-jesus-the-nativity-story-we-dont-talk-about#.WFgbbuOSg_8.facebook).  I recommend you click the provided link and read his blog post if you are not familiar with it.  I shared this post because I think we all too often forget the militant language of Isaiah nine.  The passage talks about spoils, battles, warriors, governments, and thrones.  The passage is speaking of God’s invasion into the world in order to save the world from its sin.  Bird reminds us out of the book of Revelation (12th chapter) that the dragon is before the woman ready to devour her child (Jesus).  We think about the Bethlehem scene and think of tranquility and peace.  The reality, however, is more like the beaches of Normandy than a Rockwellian Saturday Evening Post caricature.  All too often I think we miss the significance of the Lord Jesus Christ’s incarnation.  The eternal Triune God emptied Himself and came in the form of humanity in order to live amongst us and to teach us how to know Him.  He then concluded His divine stay with us by giving up His life on the cross of Calvary for our sins.  From the outset, this brith represented the greatest cosmic war invasion of all time.  Beloved, let me encourage you to read the blog mentioned above and to reflect on the work of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  Tomorrow, we will learn a little bit about our response to this invasion by the Lord.  Let me encourage you to come back tomorrow to learn more about this amazing passage and this wonderful truth about the Savior, Jesus.

 1. Have you encountered the Light which invades the world?
 2. In what ways does God’s invasion have impact in your life?

Prayer: Father, thank You for invading the world with Your Love, Jesus.  My life has been completely transformed because of His work and I am eternally grateful for Your gift.  Help me as we conclude this Christmas season to express genuine gratitude for Your grace and mercy.  Amen.

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