Inbreaking of God’s Power
December 19, 2011 § Leave a comment
Isaiah 9:2-7 tells the powerful story of God’s inbreaking into our world. It is perhaps best illustrated by the contrasting image right at the beginning: “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” (9:2). Light in darkness – that is how powerful the inbreaking of God is. The light unmask and reveal the darkness for what it is, namely a false and powerless illusion claiming authority in our lives. We often confuse the darkness with the light. We think that success, productivity, dominance, and self-reliance are all values of the light. But they are actually projecting the opposite of God’s powerful light. God revealed His power through significance not success; through relationships not productivity; through serving not dominance; through self-sacrifice rather than self-reliance. In his ministry to follow, the born Child would frequently turn all these illusions on their heads by proclaiming opposite values. Joy will be ours if we believe what Christ taught us and are willing to take the risk of living accordingly.