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The light of Christ | Week of December 3rd

Isaiah 9:2, The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined.

From the sermon series: God draws near to us

In Isaiah’s time, Israel had been divided into two kingdoms: Israel and Judah. In these first chapters of Isaiah, the prophet speaks about the Assyrians conquering Israel and the darkness that the Israelites will face. However, God gives them hope because in the future, they will be led into light.

When we read further into Isaiah 9, we can see that the reason for Israel’s hope is that a child will be born, whose name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. This child is Jesus Christ! Think of how the Israelites might take this news about such a Child. They were living in a time of war, but God was promising peace for them. However, this peace didn’t just mean the war would end. This peace, the peace of Christ, is placed within our hearts. It means we can be calm despite any chaos that is happening around us, whether that is war, broken relationships, or struggles in work or school. It means that we don’t have to worry over the future or be confused. This peace can only come from Jesus, and it’s up to us to decide to live with His peace or if we will consume ourselves with the darkness of the world.

Read Jesus’ words in John 14:27. Memorize this verse so that in times when your peace is threatened, you can speak these words to yourself.

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