“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.” Isaiah 9:1
Darkness is all around! The darkness emanates from the shortage of daylight that characterizes the winter solstice in our northern hemisphere. The darkness proceeds from signs that greed, hate, lies, misunderstanding, stereotyping, and scapegoating are growing more prevalent in our world. In many particulars, the gloom springs from our sensing that evil is winning and that things are getting worse.
In Jesus’ day, darkness was also ubiquitous. Jesus lived in an occupied country, a strong Roman military prowled ever present. People felt frustrated with over-taxation, inequality and capitulation. Many people in Jesus’ day were looking for a savior, a Messiah, a light.
God sent Jesus to dispel the dark and to bring hope. Jesus is our Savior – the Wonder Counselor, God-Hero, and Prince of Peace. He helped the world then, and he helps the world now.
Celebrate and Rejoice- for he is born today! Let Jesus come into your heart anew! God wants us to believe and to truly embrace the fact that light overcomes the darkness. If we love bravely, like he loved, God prevails. Love wins.
“Today is born our Savior, Christ the Lord.
They shall exult before the LORD, for he comes;
for he comes to rule the earth.
He shall rule the world with justice
and the peoples with his constancy.” Psalm 96
Merry Christmas and LOVE BRAVELY, Seattle Prep.
Brian Mack is the Director of Community Ministry, a member of the Theology Department and the Track and Field High Hurdles coach at Seattle Prep. He is father to Co-Author, Quinnan '22 and Corey ('12). Quinnan Mack '22 is a freshman who participates in Pep Band at Seattle Prep.