Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. Isaiah 60:1
This quote arrested me recently.
‘Ideology is peaceful, but history is violent.’
The darkness of this world has always been overwhelming. No matter where we study history, there are stories of unspeakable cruelty. Our lasting shred of innocence is shattered by what we see on the evening news.
The differences between the darkness of evil and the light of the glory of God are incomprehensible. I don’t understand the full extent of God’s holiness, nor do I understand Satan’s villainous nature. I can’t even grasp the evil of my heart or the power of what it means to be created in the image of God. If I knew the possibilities of what it really means to have His Spirit inside, wouldn’t it culminate in a blazing fire? Wouldn’t passion drive out all vestiges of a numbed-out existence?
The Light of the world entered our violent world quietly. His light was only visible to some, contrasted by the darkness of the Roman Empire, a corrupt and vicious dictatorship. The nation of Israel suffered in the shadows of evil and languished for a Messiah to deliver them. His birth was preceded by 400 years of interminable silence. The one they had been crying out for, Jesus, arrived, yet they didn’t celebrate.
God loves to reveal His glory. Am I receptive? Can I see it? And how much more so at Christmastime is the wonder of heaven revealed! I want to take part in the celebration. I’m asking God to open my spirit wider to feel the impact of heaven and earth colliding.
Let me hear the music. In Jesus name, Amen