Words from the Heart for Thursday December 24th, 2020
The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned.
Matthew 4:16 (NKJV)
The Light Has Dawned
Back in 1914, iconic Canadian author and humourist Stephen Leacock wrote a book on the earliest days of Canada called Dawn of Canadian History. One modern reviewer said this of the book: “This book was used as volume one of the Chronicles of Canada series, a thirty-two volume set of short, easy-to-read books pertaining to Canada’s history and heritage. The Dawn of Canadian History is intended to set the stage for the series, and discusses in a general sense the primordial beginnings of Canada.”
Today, the sun arose at 7:56 this morning, one minute later than the first day of winter just three days ago. What a difference to dawn six months from now – on the first day of summer next year it will rise at 5:52 am. We all love the dawn – the sun once again defeating the night. It’s a daily victory. In a spiritual sense, the birth of Jesus was like the rising of the morning sun in a world that had been dark for millennia. It’s no wonder that so many were attracted to Him throughout His ministry. Matthew 4:16 says this: “The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned.” The light of the world, Jesus, attracted all those who recognized the darkness of their world and their hearts. He still does. If during this Advent season you have felt a tug in your heart towards Jesus, it is quite natural. The one whose birth we celebrate suffered a terrible death so that you can be set free from your sin. Put your faith in Him and light will flood your heart.
These have been words from the heart.