2 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.
3 You have enlarged the nation
and increased their joy;
they rejoice before you
as people rejoice at the harvest,
as men rejoice
when dividing the plunder.
4 For as in the day of Midian’s defeat,
you have shattered
the yoke that burdens them,
the bar across their shoulders,
the rod of their oppressor.
5 Every warrior’s boot used in battle
and every garment rolled in blood
will be destined for burning,
will be fuel for the fire.
When He Came…
These verses of course are a reference to the ministry of Jesus Christ. What is interesting about how Jesus is referenced here is that he is not yet identified directly, but instead is identified by what he has done, or the consequences of his ministry. It’s as if Isaiah is building the hype: “It’s an amazing day, like winning the Super Bowl and the Lottery at the same time, and getting married, BECAUSE…”
This is noteworthy because for that moment, it throws the spotlight on what Christ has done, and its consequences. Sometimes, in the midst of busy lives, we forget the simple memory of what Jesus has changed in our lives, and when we do so, are spiritually the poorer for it. So it is good to take a moment to look at the metaphors and descriptions that Isaiah uses to describe the coming of Christ, and look at them in the context of our own lives:
When in your own life have you experienced the following:
1. Walking in darkness, and then coming into light?
2. Been overjoyed (and surprised!) by abundant blessings?
3. Been freed from something oppressive?
4. Seen something destructive transformed into something redemptive instead?