The Light Has Come

by Kyle Isenhower

And I will lead the blind
in a way that they do not know,
in paths that they have not known
I will guide them.
I will turn the darkness before them into light,
the rough places into level ground.
These are the things I do,
and I do not forsake them.

Isaiah 42:16

Throughout the Bible, there is certain imagery repeated that describes who God is. Of all of them, my favorite picture of God is that of light. He is the pillar of fire by night for the children of Israel. When Moses sees the back part of God on Mount Sinai, the light is so bright that it transfers to Moses. The children of Israel begged Moses to keep his face covered because the light was so blinding. In another prophecy of the coming of Jesus, Isaiah 9:2 says, “The people walking in darkness will see a great light;’. When the wise men saw a star, which very existence to us is in the form of light, they followed it to find Jesus.

Jesus came to change the way things were done. It has been interpreted that “the blind” referred to in these passage are the children of Israel. They had been following the law, but somehow missed the heart of God in the law. When Jesus came, he was coming to lead the blind, those who could see no light at all, into a place they didn’t even know.

This Christmas season, let all the light up decorations, candles, and stars on top of trees remind you of the ultimate light that came. Let it lead you to share the light and truth that the heart of God was not to stand back and let people stumble in darkness, but to send them a light so that they would know the right way to go.