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Isa 9:2, 6-7 NLT

2The people who walk in darkness

will see a great light.

For those who live in a land of deep darkness,

a light will shine.

6For a Child is born to us,

a Son is given to us.

The government will rest on His shoulders.

And He will be called:

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

7His government and its peace

will never end.

He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of His ancestor David 

for all eternity.

The passionate commitment of the LORD of Heaven’s Armies

will make this happen!

 

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Comment by Malva Birch on December 26, 2017 at 8:23am

Hi Andrew. Thank you for your input. Yes, I agree - Christmas and the cross at Golgotha are inextricably linked together - the baby boy of the manger became the conquering Hero over sin and death at the cost of His own life. God had said, 'let there be light' .... and Jesus came as the ultimate answer to that as the Light of the world. How grateful we are! Praise the Lord.

Blessings to you and yours.

Comment by Andrew R. Wheeler on December 25, 2017 at 11:47am

I'm reading Tim Keller's book, "Hidden Christmas".  He describes the "darkness" in which the world walks as of two kinds:  There is the darkness of suffering, poverty, and pain - a darkness that anyone can see.  Then there is also the spiritual darkness of a world pervaded by sin - a darkness perceived only through spiritual eyes.

He makes the point that both Christians and non-Christians (especially in the West) celebrate Christmas and that non-Christians often have the same desire to eliminate the darkness that we do - but they know only part of the darkness.  There is a darkness that human beings can help alleviate through our generosity.  But ultimately we cannot dispel even that darkness, for the presence of sin in the world guarantees that the more material darkness will also always be with us.  

Jesus is the light that shines in the darkness.  Most of the world has not understood it - even among those who celebrate Christmas.  But the human-centered expressions of Christmas - giving, family, etc. - positive though they may be, can never dispel the darkness.  Only Jesus Himself can do that.

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