To all the saints, fellow-labourers and friends, greetings to you and your families in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who is the reason for this season.
Many centuries ago the prophet Isaiah wrote: "The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned" (Is.9:2). Later, Christ in fulfilling this Messianic prophecy of Himself, Isaiah was quoted in (Matthew 4:16).
The first four chapters of Matthew are dedicated to the birth and preparation of Jesus Christ the King. By quoting from the prophecy of Isaiah, Matthew continues to harmonize Jesus' ministry with the Old Testament.
This was very helpful for his Jewish readers who were quite familiar with the Old Testament scriptures. It also shows the unity of God's purpose, as He works out His perfect will throughout all ages.
From the "fall" including the time of Isaiah's prophecy to the time of Christ birth, these were times of gross spiritual darkness but God promise to send a light (The Light). The apostle John refers to Him as: "The true Light which gives light to every person coming into the world" (Jn. 1:9).
This message of hope was fulfilled in the birth of Christ and the establishment of His eternal kingdom. Unfortunately there are still countless numbers of people who are still grouping in darkness, not because the "Light" has not come, but because "the gods of this world has blinded their eyes". “This is the verdict; light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil” (Jn.3:19).
My dearly beloved, as we celebrate the Christian's Christmas, let us not allow the commercials and the materials of this world to obscure the fact that Christ is the reason for the season. "Therefore, let your light so shine before all people, that they may see your good works and glorify your heavenly Father" (Matt.5:16).
May His peace abides in you, as we according to His promise, look for a new heaven and new earth within dwells righteousness.
Have a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.
From: Pastor Fritz & Lady Manning