Summary: Epiphany 3(A) - Isaiah declares: "There will be no more gloom!" The Light has dawned. God's people rejoice.

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January 24, 2010 -

Epiphany 3 -

ISAIAH 9:1-4

INTRO: The past week has been unusually cloudy and foggy. It has been almost gloomy. In the midst of any gloom the light chased away the darkness. During the season of Epiphany we are reminded how the Light of the world came to drive out all darkness. "He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him"(DANIEL 2:22). Christ is Light!


I. The Light has dawned.

II. God’s people rejoice.


A. Verse 1a. God’s promise was bold and filled with hope for God’s people.

1. Verse 1b. Zebulun and Naphtali were two tribes at the north end of the land of Israel.

2. Conquering armies made these two lands doormats as they invaded the Promised Land.

3. Very often these people lived in fear, dread, and gloom of what army would come next.

B. Verse 1c. Jesus’ ministry would take place in this area. There would peace – honor for these tribes.

C. Verse 2. God’s Son, the Light of the world, lived among these people once doomed in gloom.

D. Darkness and light are complete opposites. They have nothing at all in common with each other. Where there is darkness there is an absence of light. When there is light darkness is gone. By birth our natural condition is wicked = darkness. Miracle of miracles, God in his grace and mercy changes our lost and sinful condition. "The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day. But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble" (PROVERBS 4:18,19). There is still darkness today because mankind fails to recognize it. Sadly, many still stumble in the darkness called sin.

E. Why are we not in the dark? It is only be God’s grace that anyone would ever be in the light. It is only by God’s grace that you and I or anyone believes. "For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ" (2 CORINTHIANS 4:6). The Lord God Almighty who created the heavens and the earth has also created faith in our hearts. In our hearts the Light has dawned. In our lives the Light shines forth. There is no more gloom.

F. By nature our sinful heart would love to live in the dark. By grace the Lord reveals to each of us his light. By grace the Lord brings us out of the darkness into the light. Living in God’s light we strive to continue to walk and grow in the Light of the Lord. "When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life’"(JOHN 8:12). The Light has dawned in our hearts that it may shine in our lives in this dark world. There is no more gloom.

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