[SW120] 12/21/2013 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2013
“The Light Has Come”
The Light has come! It is a He! Come out of your darkness and into the Light which is Jesus Christ!
Isaiah 9:1 But there will be no more gloom for her who was in anguish; in earlier times He treated the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali with contempt, but later on He shall make it glorious, by the way of the sea, on the other side of Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles. 2 The people who walk in darkness
Will see a great light;
Those who live in a dark land,
The light will shine on them.
Why was it dark? Israel had divided into two kingdoms: the northern kingdom and the southern kingdom. In the north, King Jeroboam had golden calves made, and the people worshiped them instead of the God of heaven, the only true God, the God over every other God, the One who makes Himself evident in all He has created.
Because of their rebellion against God, He brought Assyria upon them to overtake them and take them into exile, scattering them around the known world so they would not be able to reassemble into a people. It was a dark and gloomy time, and the Assyrians were very cruel to their captives. Zebulun and Naphtali, regions of Northern Israel, were the first to be taken. After Assyria removed a people from their land, they “seeded” it with those who followed other gods. And so, it became a land of the Gentiles, of those who do not believe in God.
It is the same today. We have rejected the God who made us, we have followed the gods of this world rather than the one true God who makes Himself evident in all of creation, and He has allowed our Enemy, Satan, to have his way, just as the King of Assyria had his way with Northern Israel.
But God’s purpose in all of this was redemption. His purpose is always redemption! Read again verse 1! He says that He shall make this rejected land, these rejected people, glorious! It is the same today. How?
A great light, and those two words together mean that it is a light that has never been seen before. It is not a light man can create, it is not the light of the sun or the light of the moon. It is a never-before-seen, amazing, restorative light that will bring people out of their darkness!
He will break their yoke, the one cruelly applied by Assyria. He will break the rod and staff with which they have been beaten.
And the light is a He! This is the true meaning of Christmas. The Light is a He!
6 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
7 There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace,
On the throne of David and over his kingdom,
To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness
From then on and forevermore.
The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this.
A child is this Light! A Son is this Light! A Son, a one and only Son, a monogenes (Greek), not a created being but One who was with the Father from before time began. A Son who is Part of the Father! He will establish His kingdom, and He is full of wonders, Counselor, Mighty God (His very Son, a part of Him), Eternal Father in that many children would come to the Father through Him, and the Prince of Peace, ruling over it. What good news to those who have had no peace, have been under Assyrian rule, and today, under the rule of Satan. The Prince of Peace!
This Light is all these things. This Light is a He. This light is Jesus Christ:
John 1:4 In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. 5 The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it . . . 9 There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.
He enlightens every man. That means He shines on them. Light comes from Him and shines on them. He is the One who breaks the yoke. He is the One who lifts the burden. He is the One who breaks the rod and the staff. This One was sent so that, if we agree with God that we have rebelled against Him, and agree that this One is who He says He is — Jesus Christ, the Son of God — then God will receive us back to Himself, and we will come into the Light!
John 8:12 Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “ I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”
He who follows Christ will have the light of zoe (Greek), life as God has it, eternal life here and now! We will carry this Light in us. He will dwell in us.
Jesus says to all those who follow Him (called the “church”):
Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 15 nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.”
When Jesus says we are to be His witnesses (Acts 1:8), that is a noun. We tend to think of witnessing, that is, telling how He has worked in us. That’s fine, but we are to be the noun! We are to be lights who carry His Light. People are to see His light in us!
We are to be cities on hills. Think of a city at night, situated on a hill, with all the land flat around it. That city cannot be hidden. Our light is to be like that. It is to shine on everyone in the room, just as the Light brought His light and shined it onto everyone when He walked the earth.
But what has happened? Why is it that like David Wilkerson, I go into many churches and there is no light at all? They may be big, but they are completely dark, listening to ear-tickling messages that tell them it’s OK to sin (if sin is mentioned at all). Why do people follow these ministries of darkness?
John 3:19 “This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. 20 “ For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.”
They run from the true Light because they want to continue in their sin. Beloved, sin separates us from God. We cannot be the Light we have been called to be if we have darkness in us! He knocks on the door of such churches, because they have not allowed Him inside. They think they are rich, but they are naked and blind and poor and miserable!
John 3:21“But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.”
If we will come into the Light, then we will become Lights. And there is no way we can be glowing with the fire of God unless God is in us!
Jesus came to baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire, so that there is a great fire inside us, one that sends a glow out to everyone around, just as faces glow when they stand next to a bonfire. He wants you to have a bonfire in you, O church!
But you must come into the Light!
He is here to redeem you today, to reconcile you to God! Will you agree with Him that you are rebelling against Him? He will come in and cleanse your heart and purify you and fill you with His love and His life and His presence and His nature, and there will be no doubt, in the mind of any person, that you have been with God and that God is real. This is the purpose of the church. We have failed, we have made God small and Jesus weak so we can make Him relevant to the world. Jesus is not weak! He is Almighty God! He did not think like us or act like us when He was on this earth. But if we let Him come in and start a bonfire in us, we will think and act like Him! Hallelujah (praise God)! O church, hear and cry out to God, and He will hear and redeem you and make you a Light!