Into a New Year
“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined.”
Isaiah 9:2 (ESV)
Every July 4, Americans gather together in backyards, parks and beaches to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence. But as soon as the sun sets, all eyes turn to the night sky because that’s where the real show takes place. Other nations celebrate other days, of course, such as New Year’s eve, but it ends the same way.
I’m talking about fireworks of course.
I’ve seen some great firework shows in my day. And what always amazes me about them is how each blast is able to turn darkness into light. Every spark works together to transform night into day. And it was this metaphor of light transforming darkness that got me thinking.
Do you remember the opening passage in the Gospel of John? It goes like this: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of man. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:1-5).
That last verse is one of my favourite passages in the Bible. Just like the fireworks on July 4, Christ burst on to the scene in the middle of the night. And the light of his life transformed our darkness. In him, our pathway back to a loving relationship with God was illuminated.
I pray that while you watch those fireworks lighting up the evening sky this New Year’s eve, you’ll be reminded of the transformational incarnation of Christ. And unlike the fireworks that fade away after only a few seconds, our Lord’s light is eternal.
Heavenly Father, from the very beginning you have been associated with light. Our fireworks are a poor imitation of the same thing, but help us to use them to remember that you have called us out of darkness into your glorious light. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Study by Joseph Tkach
About the Author:
Joseph Tkach is the President of Grace Communion International (the Denominational name of The Worldwide Church of God UK), and resides in California, USA. You are welcome to attend one of our local Church congregations located throughout the UK and Ireland. For details of your nearest local congregation, check on our website, www.gracecom.org.uk under the ‘Churches’ tab, or ring +44 (0)1858 437099.