I heard this message this morning & it was an awesome message so I really want to share the ‘jist’ of it!
“The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light,
And upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death
Light has sprung up.”
“The people sat in darkness” – The people settled & accepted the darkness because they KNEW NO BETTER!
THE WORLD ACCEPTS DARKNESS BECAUSE THEY KNOW NO BETTER!
Religion produces spiritual darkness – which produces moral darkness & the end result is separation from God = “spiritual death”. This is because all religion strives to reach God by their own good works instead by faith in the finished work of Jesus on the cross.
Most people think they are saved or ‘will go to heaven’ because of their religion.
Christianity is not about religion. It is about a MAN & a RELATIONSHIP WITH THAT MAN!
“Shadow of death” – it doesn’t say they sat ‘in death’. (there was hope) Also, you can’t have a shadow without the sun! (or The Son)
“A light sprung up” – Out of the shadow… comes The Son of God & “THEY SAW A GREAT LIGHT”
-The Greek word for ‘light’ is “phos” which means: underived and ABSOLUTE LIGHT!
The opposite of complete darkness!
So when JESUS stepped on the scene there was a LIGHT that shined that they had never seen before!
It was a light that brought HEALING!
It was a light that brought LIFE!
It was a light that set the leaper FREE!
It was a light that brought Lazarus from the dead!
IT WAS & STILL IS THE
THAT THE WORLD NEEDS TO SEE!