LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS

by Matt Newman | Dec. 3, 2018

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.”

ISAIAH 9:2 NIV

Darkness

Utter and complete; desolate and alone. The despairing remains of darkness are more than a metaphor, they haunt our realities. We know darkness. When sin separated man from God, an un-crossable chasm left us without hope and without answers. In our depravity, we were left with just need. So many of us spend our lives searching frantically to quench that thirst. Yet it’s hopeless. Like dying of thirst with ocean water all around, nothing that tempts satisfaction will actually help. The darkness is real.

But so is the light.

Where darkness was an inevitable penalty, the light was initiated. It’s the first practical taste of true grace that the world has known. Deep darkness would be our destiny until light broke through the walls. That first light is not us. It is something far more tangible, powerful, and sustainable than we could ever muster. And the light was on purpose. For “In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind” (John 1:4). Isaiah’s promise of the light is fulfilled in the God-man, leaving His place of ultimate light to penetrate our oppressive darkness. He became our Light.

“May we honor The Light by living as sent as the children of the Light.”

And He also became our example.

Just as grace is not stagnant but active, the initiation of light into the darkness is an invitation to join God’s greater narrative. Jesus, the Light, makes clear that “As you (Father God) sent me (Jesus) into the world, I (Jesus) have sent them (believers) into the world” (John 17:18). It is a profound, Biblical truth that the incarnation of Jesus, being the Light into the darkness, also serves as our model of light on purpose. God’s plan all along, was that His people, renovated by God, would serve as lights into the dark recesses of the world.

And so, little lights… where do you shine?

Can we really behold the Light until our awareness of darkness awakens? At Mosaic, we focus on “Living as Sent” as Jesus lived as sent (John 17:18). This Advent season let’s live as sent, replicating and celebrating the unfolding Truth that light will penetrate the darkness. The dawn is here! May we honor The Light by living as sent as the children of the Light.

13 Comments

  1. Carol Fields

    I very much appreciate receiving this a friend shared #devo. I am lucky to have such a caring friend.

    Reply
  2. Darla Beller

    I love the phrase, “Honor The Light by living as sent.” It’s our sole purpose for remaining here till Jesus comes again. It requires us to be devoted to knowing Him so that we understand and know who we are in Christ. As we understand our truest identity and how uniquely gifted we are for a particular purpose, we confidently go into the world to make disciples and honor The Light collectively and individually. Thank you so much for sharing this devotional.

    Reply
  3. Shauna Collins Shrum

    Today’s devotion reminds me of Jesus’ words to us, ““Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew‬ ‭5:16‬ ‭
    We get the honor of being a light in this dark world. God has called us out of darkness and into His glorious light.

    Reply
  4. Bryan Craig

    Great words Matt Newman. You are a light! Thank you!

    Reply
  5. Bryan Craig

    Great words Matt Newman. You are a light! Thanks for pointing us to the Source.

    Reply
  6. Mark Schatzman

    “Just as grace is not stagnant but active, the initiation of light into the darkness is an invitation to join God’s greater narrative.”

    Well said! Thank you.

    Reply
  7. Andrea McCurdy

    “And so. little lights…..where do you shine?” Some days this is regrettably difficult to answer. Thank you for such a wonderful reminder that we have the privilege to “join God’s greater narrative” and shine through the darkness in every part of our day.

    Thank you, Matt!

    Reply
  8. Britni

    Loved reflected on this this morning and felt prompted to share what i received from it.

    If Jesus was not born, He could not be SENT and if he was not SENT He could not die. And if He did not die, we could not be saved. And in His SENT life He loved us, taught us, showed us, helped us, served us, prayed for us. (John 17) I am called and prayed for by Christ to the Father to live a life as a SENT one! He gave us Joy, He gave us love, He gave us Hope, He gave us the spirit. He has SENT me, us, to show his mercy, grace, hope, joy to the world. He SENT me to sanctify me, to glorify His name, and show the world His love!
    I AM SENT! I pray I believe this and live as if I do believe it!

    Reply
    • Joy Newberry

      Thank you Britni!
      Great perspective…

      Reply
  9. Kathy HARDY

    Nicely said! Bless you in your light!

    Reply
  10. Paul B. Smith

    I so appreciate the concept that we as believers take on that mission of sending out light as we go out each day. I am going to think more intentional this week about that concept as a walk through my day. Thanks so much Matt

    Reply
  11. Pierce McIntyre

    Thanks Matt.

    Reply
  12. Joy Newberry

    Christmas and New Year Blessings Matt!
    Thank You for your continued encouragement and equipping “to live as Sent!”

    Reply

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Light in the Darkness

BY: Matt newman | Dec. 3, 2018

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.”

ISAIAH 9:2 NIV

Darkness.

Utter and complete; desolate and alone.

The despairing remains of darkness are more than a metaphor, they haunt our realities.

We know darkness. When sin separated man from God, an un-crossable chasm left us without hope and without answers. In our depravity, we were left with just need. So many of us spend our lives searching frantically to quench that thirst. Yet it’s hopeless. Like dying of thirst with ocean water all around, nothing that tempts satisfaction will actually help. The darkness is real.

But so is the light.

Where darkness was an inevitable penalty, the light was initiated. It’s the first practical taste of true grace that the world has known. Deep darkness would be our destiny until light broke through the walls. That first light is not us. It is something far more tangible, powerful, and sustainable than we could ever muster. And the light was on purpose. For “In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind” (John 1:4). Isaiah’s promise of the light is fulfilled in the God-man, leaving His place of ultimate light to penetrate our oppressive darkness. He became our Light.

And He also became our example.

Just as grace is not stagnant but active, the initiation of light into the darkness is an invitation to join God’s greater narrative. Jesus, the Light, makes clear that “As you (Father God) sent me (Jesus) into the world, I (Jesus) have sent them (believers) into the world” (John 17:18). It is a profound, Biblical truth that the incarnation of Jesus, being the Light into the darkness, also serves as our model of light on purpose. God’s plan all along, was that His people, renovated by God, would serve as lights into the dark recesses of the world.

And so, little lights… where do you shine?

Can we really behold the Light until our awareness of darkness awakens? At Mosaic, we focus on “Living as Sent” as Jesus lived as sent (John 17:18). This Advent season let’s live as sent, replicating and celebrating the unfolding Truth that light will penetrate the darkness. The dawn is here! May we honor The Light by living as sent as the children of the Light.

13 Comments

  1. Carol Fields

    I very much appreciate receiving this a friend shared #devo. I am lucky to have such a caring friend.

    Reply
  2. Darla Beller

    I love the phrase, “Honor The Light by living as sent.” It’s our sole purpose for remaining here till Jesus comes again. It requires us to be devoted to knowing Him so that we understand and know who we are in Christ. As we understand our truest identity and how uniquely gifted we are for a particular purpose, we confidently go into the world to make disciples and honor The Light collectively and individually. Thank you so much for sharing this devotional.

    Reply
  3. Shauna Collins Shrum

    Today’s devotion reminds me of Jesus’ words to us, ““Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew‬ ‭5:16‬ ‭
    We get the honor of being a light in this dark world. God has called us out of darkness and into His glorious light.

    Reply
  4. Bryan Craig

    Great words Matt Newman. You are a light! Thank you!

    Reply
  5. Bryan Craig

    Great words Matt Newman. You are a light! Thanks for pointing us to the Source.

    Reply
  6. Mark Schatzman

    “Just as grace is not stagnant but active, the initiation of light into the darkness is an invitation to join God’s greater narrative.”

    Well said! Thank you.

    Reply
  7. Andrea McCurdy

    “And so. little lights…..where do you shine?” Some days this is regrettably difficult to answer. Thank you for such a wonderful reminder that we have the privilege to “join God’s greater narrative” and shine through the darkness in every part of our day.

    Thank you, Matt!

    Reply
  8. Britni

    Loved reflected on this this morning and felt prompted to share what i received from it.

    If Jesus was not born, He could not be SENT and if he was not SENT He could not die. And if He did not die, we could not be saved. And in His SENT life He loved us, taught us, showed us, helped us, served us, prayed for us. (John 17) I am called and prayed for by Christ to the Father to live a life as a SENT one! He gave us Joy, He gave us love, He gave us Hope, He gave us the spirit. He has SENT me, us, to show his mercy, grace, hope, joy to the world. He SENT me to sanctify me, to glorify His name, and show the world His love!
    I AM SENT! I pray I believe this and live as if I do believe it!

    Reply
    • Joy Newberry

      Thank you Britni!
      Great perspective…

      Reply
  9. Kathy HARDY

    Nicely said! Bless you in your light!

    Reply
  10. Paul B. Smith

    I so appreciate the concept that we as believers take on that mission of sending out light as we go out each day. I am going to think more intentional this week about that concept as a walk through my day. Thanks so much Matt

    Reply
  11. Pierce McIntyre

    Thanks Matt.

    Reply
  12. Joy Newberry

    Christmas and New Year Blessings Matt!
    Thank You for your continued encouragement and equipping “to live as Sent!”

    Reply

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