Light Overcomes the Darkness

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Isaiah 9:1-7, Psalm 27:1-6, Micah 7:8, Matthew 4:13-16

Section 3: The Light Dawns

As we prepare to celebrate Christmas Day, prepare your heart to read this familiar story through fresh eyes. Notice how light is present, from the star above the city of Bethlehem to the glory of God represented by the angels. Discover anew the dawning of the promised Light of the World in a baby boy born to a virgin, placed in a manger because there was no room in the inn.


Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood

This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.

These lyrics are from an old hymn titled, “Blessed Assurance,” penned from the heart of a woman named Fanny Crosby. Fanny, who was blind from birth, was one of the most prolific hymn writers to ever live, composing more than 8,000 songs. Though she spent her entire childhood and adult life without sight, she wrote boldly about the blessed assurance found in the light of Christ. 

Long before Fanny Crosby penned this hymn, the prophet Isaiah wrote of another blessed assurance—a light of hope to come for the people of God walking in darkness (Isaiah 9:2). This prophecy declared that the people of God would soon have a new story and a new song to point them toward praising their Savior. Isaiah wrote,

The people walking in darkness 
have seen a great light;
a light has dawned on those living in the land of darkness.
You have enlarged the nation
and increased its joy. 
The people have rejoiced before you
as they rejoice at harvest time
and as they rejoice when dividing spoils. 
For you have shattered their oppressive yoke
and the rod on their shoulders,
the staff of their oppressor…
—Isaiah 9:2–4

Maybe, like me, you read those words and wonder what exactly was this darkness oppressing God’s people. Isaiah prophesied at a time marked by destruction and devastation. God’s people were experiencing an inescapable, prolonged suffering and mistreatment at the hands of the Assyrians. They were drenched with desperation and longing; waiting and clinging to God’s promise of a light to come, though it felt like the darkness around them had won.

Is this you today? Do you feel the heaviness of darkness, living in a broken world? 

You and I are reminded every day of the physical and spiritual darkness that still surrounds us though the Light has come (Matthew 4:16). And it can feel like darkness is winning. For some of us, it’s battling physical or mental illness. For others, it’s the recent loss of a loved one, and for many of us, it’s the darkness of our own sins that we run back to over and over again. 

Advent reminds us that whatever darkness surrounds us, the promise of Isaiah still rings true, like a sweet, reassuring melody that whispers, “It won’t always be this way.” The season of Advent announces our blessed assurance—the Light has come, and will come again to ultimately and completely extinguish darkness. Forever.

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  1. Lisa Goldbach says:

    I needed to be reminded of this today. Darkness may come for a time but it can’t stay!! Thank You, Jesus!

  2. Corey Zimmerman says:

    Love this message!

  3. Allie McCandless says:

    ❤️

  4. Elizabeth Dunkerson says:

    It amazes me that a woman born to darkness can write such beautiful songs about the light. There is no way should could have accomplished that without the light of Jesus ❤️. Neither can we escape the darkness in this world without Him. Just knowing He is on our side gives me such joy and hope!

  5. Alice Swearingen says:

    The LORD is my light & salvation. Whom shall I fear? I am so distracted by Christmas (gift giving) that I lose sight of Christ. Forgive me, LORD. May I see Your Light throughout the day and reflect Your Light to those around me. ❤️

  6. Catherine Woodberry says:

    Beautiful!

  7. Katie Dockery says:

    The part of “It won’t always be this way” was my blessed assurance that the pain I feel today won’t always be there. Thank you for sharing this scripture to carry me through today. I pray I can see the light not only in my current situation but to help others see the light as well!

  8. Katie Schisler says:

    So sorry for your loss. I be praying for you this morning, Karen. This scripture was very uplifting this morning and it blessed me too. I pray that the darkness around you will only be here for a time of mourning. And that it will make Jesus shine all the more.❤️