170122 Isaiah 9:2

Last Updated on Sunday, 22 January 2017 Written by Pastor Schmidt

Sermon Text: Isaiah 9:2

Sermon Theme: We Have Seen a Great Light!

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.

I would like you to raise your hand this morning if you ever were or maybe are now afraid of the dark? There are many people who are afraid of the dark. Being in your bedroom, with all the lights off, might make you afraid. Walking though a dark alley, in downtown Milwaukee, might make you nervous. Yes, there are times when darkness can be a scary thing.

But today we want to spend some time talking about a darkness that is far scarier than the darkest alley or all the lights being off in your room. The Bible talks about you and me being in spiritual darkness. We are in this darkness, this sin, the moment you and I are conceived and born. You and I confess along with King David in the words of Psalm 51, "Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me."

This spiritual darkness that you and I are in by nature is dangerous and it is deadly. Your Old Adam and mine loves living in this spiritual darkness. He loves it because he thinks that the darkness will hide, so you can say anything, do anything and even think anything without anyone seeing or knowing. Spiritual darkness is dangerous.

Spiritual darkness is deadly. The Bible clearly tells you and me that the wages of sin is death. And there is absolutely nothing that you and I can do to get rid of the darkness of sin. We aren't able to simply flip a switch to get rid of the darkness. You and I aren't able to flip the switch of trying to do more good things than bad, or trying to compare ourselves to others. As we are told in Proverbs 16, "There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death." This death is not just physical death, but a death that last forever living in the darkness of hell. Spiritual darkness is deadly.

But there is good news for you and me to hear today. The Lord's prophet shares this good news when he writes, "The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned." We are in the middle of the Epiphany Season of the church year. This time of year reminds you and me that Jesus Christ appeared as the Light of the World. Jesus, the Light, does away with spiritual darkness. As Jesus himself tells us John 8, "'I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'"
The Epiphany seasons reminds you and me that Jesus came as the Savior of all mankind. He came to be your Savior. He came to be my Savior. Offering up his perfect life on the cross, Jesus paid in full the price for your sins and mine. Jesus gives to you and me the light of forgiveness of all sins. The glorious resurrection of Jesus assures us that as he lives, you and I will live with him forever in the eternal light of heaven.

Until that day when we take our place in the light of heaven, the Lord of the Church wants you and me to stand out as lights in this sin-darkened world. There are far too many people living in our world today in spiritual darkness. They need to hear about Jesus, the Light of the World. Empowered with the light of the Gospel, as a reflector of The Light, our Savior, Jesus Christ, you and I are to live lives that give all praise and honor to our Savior-God and then use the opportunities we are given to share the light of the Gospel with others. As Jesus says in his Sermon on the Mount, "'You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.'" (Matthew 5:14-16)

At one time in your life, or maybe even still now, you may be afraid of the dark. Today we have heard the good news that you and I don't have to be afraid of spiritual darkness. Jesus, the Light, came for you and for me. Jesus, the Light, won the forgiveness of all of your sins and all of my sins. Jesus, the Light, is preparing your place and mine in the eternal light of heaven. Jesus Christ, your Savior and mine, is the Light of the World! By the grace of God, in the comforting Gospel message of his Word, WE HAVE SEEN A GREAT LIGHT! Amen.

 

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