Longing for Light in the Darkness
December 15, 2019 Speaker: Rick Negley Series: Advent
Scripture: Isaiah 9:1–7
Jesus: Joy of Every Longing Heart
Part 3: Longing for Light in the Darkness
- The Devastation of Darkness
Darkness in their day
Unbelief or lack of reliance on God (Isaiah 7:9; 8:19)
Leaning on a foreign power for help
Looking to spiritual substitutes for wisdom
Darkness in our day
Physical; Financial; Emotional
- The Longing for Light Is a Longing for God
The nature of light is personal.
God is light and in Him is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5).
Jesus said, “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12).
- The Messiah Is a Multi-Faceted Gift
Jesus is more than a “utilitarian” gift.
Infinite joy is offered (v. 3).
Freedom from oppressive burdens is promised (v. 4; cf. Mt. 11:30).
An end to war is foretold (v. 5; cf. Isaiah 2:4).
Wonderful Counselor – Wise and all-knowing
Mighty God – Glorious in power; able to help
Everlasting Father – Protector and Provider
Prince of Peace – The Righteous Ruler
Ever-increasing government (rule/reign) and peace
Manger empty. Cross empty. Tomb empty.
Throne occupied for eternity! – Dustin Benge
- Receiving the Redeemer
To receive or welcome is to believe (John 1:12).
To repent is to turn from other potential sources of light.
The Light has come, yet darkness remains—“already and not yet.”
One day the door will be fully opened forever.
Its gates will never be shut; there will be no night (Rev. 21:23-25).
The Lord God will be their light (Rev. 22:5).
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