The Dark Side of Christmas
Christmas Sermon Series: Arise, Shine, For Your Light Has Come!
Sermon Title: The Dark Side of Christmas
In the midst of our darkness and rebellion, God sovereignly intervenes with His glorious light.
We all have our “can’t wait for morning” moments in which the darkness seems endless. In today’s passage, the prophet Isaiah speaks to God’s people who are experiencing a very dark night and in need of hope. In the midst of their darkness, God promises the light of a coming king!
Point 1: The Reality of Darkness
Without the hope of dawn, the Israelites suffer great distress and hunger, turning to occult practices instead of God (Is. 8:19-22). They have rejected God’s authoritative word, blaming Him for their troubles. In the same way, we remain in the dark when we fail to rely on His word, exchanging the truth for a lie (Rom. 1:25) Through even small compromises, we reject God’s truth, declare it unreliable, and choose an individualistic, self-authority that only increases our darkness.
Point 2: The Promise of Light
To the tribes recently attacked by the Syrians, Isaiah prophesies to God’s people about a great light (v. 1) that he likens to a great harvest (v. 3) and a great victory (v. 4). In essence, God promises them miraculous help as they face the immediate darkness of war.
Point 3: The Advent of a King
But beyond their current situation, Isaiah’s prophecy describes a later and greater light: a child and a son (v. 6) who will reign forever as king in the Davidic line and will bring permanent peace (v. 7). All wickedness will be dealt with as He establishes justice and righteousness (v. 7). God Himself gives us Jesus; God gives us the sign of a child born of a virgin whose name is Immanuel--God with us (Is. 7:14). It is the zeal of the Lord of hosts that saves (v. 9) so that no one may boast (Eph. 2:8-9). Our coming King Jesus was rejected and killed, but rose in triumph over our darkness of sin.
The light of Jesus burst forth on the earth! God Himself is with us! It is He alone who receives the glory. Our response is to walk in the light as He is the light (1 John 1:7).
“For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Cor. 4:6).