One closing thought on Christmas and the Advent season as Isaiah foretold years before when he said: “Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you.
“For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the LORD will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising.” (Isaiah 60:1-3).
This in light of this past week reflecting on John 1:1-9 as the creation from the point of Jesus being the Word and the Word being in the beginning and creating by the power of that Word. This coming week is Genesis 1:1-5 where scripture starts with the simple statement: “in the beginning God.”
From there it announces that God said: “let there be light and there was light.”
Light is so important for us and how we view our world. It even seems to affect our mood and whether it is the sunshine or the full moon there is a feeling of seeing these that raises our spirits and opens our outlook on life. In our physical world the sunshine makes the plants grow, it warms our days and the cycle from light to dark regulates our schedules to some degree.
The days are now lengthening out and already we can notice a difference in how we view our world. Well at least I feel like it.
So it is with this passage in Isaiah as it proclaims a spiritual event that was the result of a physical person being born into our world. In so many ways the spiritual darkness is harder to endure than even the winter nights of Brechin. But there is an answer. And that is found in this light we celebrated and we look forward to proclaiming in the Easter season coming soon.
The part of this I am thankful for is that God didn’t just allow for one type of person or one nation to come to this light. So many times I marvel that God in scripture makes the case for the chosen children or Abraham but then includes as often it seems the nations of the world as part of His chosen peoples.
Finding the right journey through life is an ongoing challenge and it is easy to stumble about looking at the possibilities rather than the reality of our journey. But having the right light is a big help. So I will leave us the words of Solomon from Ecclesiastes 2:12-14: “Then I turned myself to consider wisdom and madness and folly; For what can the man do who succeeds the king?— Only what he has already done. Then I saw that wisdom excels folly As light excels darkness. The wise man’s eyes are in his head, But the fool walks in darkness. Yet I myself perceived that the same event happens to them all.”
I think it was Darth Vader that said to Luke: “Come to the darkside.”
But in the end I don’t think that worked too well for him. I think I will stay with the ‘Light’ side and see where my journey goes this new 2015.
Always on a journey,
Rev. Jon Bergen
Brechin Baptist Fellowship