Devotion for the First Sunday in Advent

Isaiah 9:2-6 (NASB)
2 The people who walk in darkness
Will see a great light;
Those who live in a dark land,
The light will shine on them.
3 You shall multiply the nation,
You shall increase their gladness;
They will be glad in Your presence
As with the gladness of harvest,
As men rejoice when they divide the spoil.
4 For You shall break the yoke of their burden and the staff on their shoulders,
The rod of their oppressor, as at the battle of Midian.
5 For every boot of the booted warrior in the battle tumult,
And cloak rolled in blood, will be for burning, fuel for the fire.
6 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

Look around us, and we appear to be surrounded by light. Buildings are flooded with bright fluorescents, most streets are well-lit, lights shine from televisions and all sorts of electronic devices. Yet we are really living in darkness, surrounded by the blackness of sin and evil. Jesus is the Light that shines in the darkness and overcomes it. He is the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, and Prince of Peace. Maranatha, Lord! Come quickly.

Heavenly Father, we thank You for sending Jesus to shine in the darkness of the world, and we are looking for the day He will return again in glory. Prepare our hearts to be ready for His coming. In His Holy name. Amen.

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