“There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.” John 1:6-9
750 years before Christ’s Advent, Isaiah prophesied “the people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those living in deep darkness – on them light has shined.” (Isaiah 9:2) Truly it was a dark time for Israel during those days, but God commissioned Isaiah to deliver a message of hope. Many years later, during another dark time, another man was “sent from God, whose name was John.” He too brought a message of hope that Isaiah’s long-awaited prophecy was now to be fulfilled, “The true light…was coming into the world.” That great fourth century preacher Chrysostom, called the ‘Golden Throat,’ said “For as [Christ] put on flesh to save all from death; so He sent before Him a human preacher, that the sound of a voice like their own, might the readier draw [us] to Him.”
That true light has indeed come to all of us who struggle with some form of darkness: financial reversal, depression, betrayal, family members trapped in addiction, grief over the loss of a loved one or a relationship. Of course, it is not our faith in John the Baptist that gives us hope, but it is our faith in Jesus that allows us to wait in hope without giving way to despair.
Today reflect on this question: Have I shut myself off in darkness so as to receive no light from “The True Light?” Do I find my hope in Jesus Christ?
Prayer Needs: For the many people around the world living in spiritual darkness.