JESUS— OUR LIGHT AND PEACE
And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. Luke 1:76-79
John was the forerunner of our Lord Jesus Christ. He was to prepare the way of the Lord” (Luke 3:4). He would tell of how Jesus would “to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
-Jesus would give light to those “who sit in darkness.” Jesus said of Himself that He was “the light of the world” (John 8:12). Those who follow Him would “never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 9:5). Those who believe in Him will not “stay in darkness” (John 12:46).
-Jesus would give light to those who sit “in the shadow of death.” The danger of death is near and “though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me” (Psalm 23:4). With Jesus we need not fear death even when it comes close. He will never leave those who believe in Him and He is with us to the end of the age (Hebrews 13:5; Matthew 28:19-20). He is our comforter and protector.
-Jesus would “guide our feet into the way of peace.” In Romans 5:1 we are told that “since we have been justified through faith, we have PEACE WITH GOD through our Lord Jesus Christ.” And in Philippians 4:6-7 we are told not to be “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the PEACE OF GOD, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Jesus is our peace.
This would be the message of John the Baptist as to Who Jesus was and what He would do. Today, brothers and sisters, we do not sit in darkness, but in the light of our Lord. We do not sit in the shadow of death without Him because He promises to be there with us. Yea, He gives us a peace “which surpasses all understanding.” We are blessed! Let us not forget this in these days and for the rest of our lives.
Dear Father I so thank You for these wonderful truths about Your Son. May I live in them by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. May I also share this good news with others! So be it!