The grand exchange
The Christmas story is filled with the imagery of both light and darkness. The angels of glory sang in the night sky, while Herod sent his soldiers to try and kill the baby Jesus. The age-old battle between good and evil, love and hate, light and darkness, was why God promised to send a Redeemer.
"And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you.
For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,
and deep darkness the people;
But the LORD will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you.
The Gentiles shall come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your rising.”
~ Isaiah 60:1-3
We see here the sharp contrast between darkness and light. Doesn't it perfectly describe what we see everywhere? Darkness, 'deep darkness,' blinding and imprisoning people. Darkness makes us hopeless, helpless, and desperate. But light illuminates, helps us see clearly. Light drives away darkness.
In coming as a man, Jesus subjected himself to our 'deep darkness,' so that now he can restore the privilege of Kingdom living to each of us. We are set free from the devastating effects of our darkness, and in the exchange, we receive his light and forever-glory.
"…and giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to shar1in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins."
~ Colossians 1:12-13
How unbelievably blessed we are! Today may you experience in a new way the effect of His glorious light in every area of your life. And if you find yourself in 'deep darkness,' cry out to Him. He came for you.