a study in light, part 2: intention

In “A Study in Light, Part 1: Inception,” we left off with the biggest set up in history. We allowed ourselves to explore a bit of the science behind light and examined the creation of light in our universe. This time, it’s the climax — God created light and life, and we know that God created another Light, a Light that saved our souls and tore the veil between heaven and Earth. But before we get to that…we have to hear from Isaiah.

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

Isaiah 9:2, 6

Isaiah began as a scribe in Jerusalem’s royal palace (see 2 Kings 19-20), but after he had an encounter with God, he prophesied God’s vision and hope to five kings over several decades. His prophecy that we see above is powerful. Both the northern and southern kingdoms of Israel had sinned greatly against God and while he made it very clear that there would be consequences, he also spoke of hope for their futures. The biggest Hope of all was the coming of a Savior who would right every wrong and would make Israel new.

In Part 1, I said that God planned for our sin. He knew that, because of free will, we would experience darkness and therefore he must send a Light to eradicate this darkness once and for all.

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear… And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God…

Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared… After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.

Luke 2:8-9, 13; Matthew 2:7, 9-10

Now, I know we’re talking about Jesus and the scriptures above don’t speak directly about him, but do you notice the commonality?

Even before Jesus declared himself “Light of the World,” heaven prefaced their King with light.

God was one of those “hype dads” you see in the delivery waiting room. The party that heaven threw that night was, I imagine, second only to Jesus coming home. We skip over the story of the birth of Jesus every year because we’re used to seeing the nativity scene, but a choir of angels appearing in the sky singing loudly?! An enormous star that wise Arab men followed to bring gifts?! There had been nothing like it!! John 1:7-9 says, “He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him… The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.”

There it is. This Messiah’s intention was to bear witness to the light that was the Creator and to give light to everyone.

And so he did. For about 33 years, Jesus grew from a child to a man. He taught, comforted, healed, prayed, and sought out followers who would do the same. It is, without a doubt, the greatest epoch ever recorded. But, remember our pal Isaiah?

But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Isaiah 53:5-6

Now, the hard part. See, Isaiah told everyone that while the Christ would be born a human child, would grow up among us and experience the world but be not of it, He must also die as a human does…but with the greatest burden on his shoulders. He took the brunt of Death, pain, suffering, and every sin imaginable with him when he left this world — just so that we could know God and spend an eternity with him.

We can’t even begin to understand the intention, the grand plan, or the future design that God has for our lives, but it was no surprise to Jesus. He knew he would be betrayed, mocked, beaten and crucified. And no one else could take his place to ensure the victory against Death and darkness.

The gift of eternal salvation cannot be outdone. The question, now, is… what do we do with it?

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