Advent is a season of joyful expectation, as we reflect on the coming of our Savior. This world is full of darkness. But into our dark world trumpets the proclamation of the prophet Isaiah:
The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
a light has dawned.
(Isa. 9:2, NIV)
This is a message wonderful and strange. What is the great light that brings hope in our darkness? How has God reached down to us, and shown us the way home?
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
The answer is even stranger. The light in our darkness is a child, a son—the birth of one who would be great and rule over all. This is the miracle of Christmas. God sent His Son into our world, for our redemption. God the Son came down and took on flesh. He was born as a child, to bring light in our dark world and offer hope to you and me.
But what a child. What a Savior! The prophet gives Him these glorious titles, for the child born on that first Christmas is our Redeemer, Comforter, Guide, and God. He is the great light, and all who receive Him will find the way home.