December 17 – Jesse Tree Story Day 18
Do you know someone whose face and presence is lit up with the light of Jesus inside them? My Aunt Veronica is like this, and I’ve heard others report something similar right before a loved one passes. I think they have humbled themselves before God through prayer and worship and serving to the point that His light can shine freely through them for all the world to see and for others to ask, “What is it that they have? I want it!” We decorate with Christmas lights this season, but we could be Christmas lights for others all year if we let Him shine.
READ: Isaiah 1:10-20, 6:1-13, 8:11-9:7
Isaiah prophesied during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, all kings of Judah in the line of David and thus in the line of our once-and-for-all King Jesus. In vs. 1:18, in the midst of God’s chosen people turning away from Him, breaking all of the commandments and worshipping other gods, God speaks this through Isaiah: “’Come now, let us reason together,’ says the Lord. ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.’” What makes our sins as white as snow? Stop for a minute today and focus your heart on this hymn:
All of us, every one of us, need a Savior who will wash the yuck off of us and make us as white as snow before God, who will cleanse us from all of the Baals we worship, who will set us free from sin. Isaiah 9:2-7 finally prophecies exactly what we need.
Ann Voskamp’s Unwrapping the Greatest Gift summarizes and applies Isaiah 9:2-7:
“We are all saved from the hopeless dark because God came with infant fists and opened wide His hands to hold yours. We are all saved from the dark of our loneliness because God is love and He can’t stand to leave us by ourselves in the dark. And it doesn’t matter how dark the dark is—Jesus comes to the darkest places so you can see His light the brightest. And now Jesus comes to be God with us, God in us, and He makes you to be a very real miraculous candle, a little light of joy and hope and love in the dark wherever you go.”
How can I keep Your amazing miracle to myself? Your light needs to shine through me, through all who follow You, so that the people walking in darkness may see Your great light and come running.
God, help me to bring Your light to those in darkness, to be Your Christmas light wherever I walk each day. Show me where I need to walk to reach those who need Your light, and guide my footsteps, all for Your glory. I hate that Jesus had to die in such a horrible way, but I thank You for his blood washing my sins away so that I can spend this time with You today and know that I will get to spend eternity with You in heaven where there is only light.