January 22, 2016
Matthew 4:12-23
1 Corinthians 1:10-18
Isaiah 9:1-4
Psalm 27:1, 4-9

Light for the Darkness
Epiphany 3 | OT 3

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Light for the Darkness
by Keith Wagner
Isaiah 9:1-4

Several years ago I wanted a good flashlight for Christmas. So my wife gave me a Magna Flashlight. It is extremely bright. It is small enough to carry in your pocket. It even has an extra bulb in the end of the cylinder. One evening I was reading the directions to make sure I was operating it properly. I noticed that it said something about turning the flashlight into a candle. I thought, that would be really helpful for our Christmas eve service. I wasn’t sure how to transform it into a candle so I had to read additional instructions. Voila! I now have a really cool flashlight that is also a candle. My flashlight not only has great power, it has multiple uses. There is no limit to the power of light.

The prophet Isaiah spoke to people in darkness. The Israelites were powerless and consequently losing their faith. They lived as an oppressed people with little hope of surviving. To give them hope Isaiah said, “Those who walked in darkness have seen a great light.” They had the power to endure, and by letting their light shine for others their faith in God would continue to be relevant.

One time I was visiting with an elderly woman who had been out walking one evening. She walked further than she had realized and it began to get dark. She didn’t see well in the dark and as a result she could not find her way home. Not knowing which way to turn she sat down on a curve and hoped a passerby would come to her aid. After a time, a car turned the corner, its’ headlights beaming down the road. Now that the street was lighted the woman realized where she was and she knew immediately the way that would lead her home. After the light showed her the way she walked home in confidence.

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