Now when Jesus heard that John had been taken into custody, He withdrew into Galilee; and leaving Nazareth, He came and settled in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali. This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet:  “The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles—”The people who were sitting in darkness saw a great light, And those who were sitting in the land and shadow of death, Upon them a light dawned.” From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Matthew 4:12-17

The earthly ministry and teaching of Jesus revolved around several themes. One of those themes is this—Jesus is the giver of life. Another is as follows; Christ is light to those in darkness. The Son of God came into this shrouded world to offer the light and the truth. The above quote from Isaiah 9 marks the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. And the motif of light would be seized upon by the biblical writers throughout the rest of the New Testament period.

Spiritual darkness now clothes the world which we inhabit. Lost-ness and unbelief permeate the people of this planet. The chaos and tumult of this world reveal the need for a Savior for all. The darkness needs the light.

And that is the good news of the gospel. Christ has come to live for us and die in our place. He paid our debt and offers forgiveness to those who will believe in His death and resurrection. Jesus will open the blinded eyes and lead people to relationship with God. The light of the world is Jesus. That is good news indeed!

Christian, let us pray that God will help us to spread the light. May our witness and testimony illuminate the truth about Jesus and what He can do for those who trust in Him.  The Savior taught us that Believers would shine the light so all could see.  (Matthew 5:14) Let us go and do likewise.

Tony French

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