Read Isaiah 42
Focus on verse 6-7
One of the things I remember fondly from growing up on the farm was the way the animals responded to being let out of the barn and put out to pasture in the spring. Some of them had been confined to a relatively small space within the barn and adjoining corral for the winter months, so when they were finally allowed to run free – they would literally run – exploring the comparably vast space of the pasture. Some would even kick up their heels with what appeared to me to be the joy of experiencing freedom.
In today’s reading in Isaiah the Lord states that He has called Israel as His covenant people “to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness.” (v. 7) Imagine what it might be like to see daylight for the first time in years. The light would seem so intense it would almost be painful until the eyes have a chance to adjust. Then there would be the wonder of seeing green trees and blue sky again. God likens those of us who do not know Him as “walking in darkness”, and there is a sense in which the picture is accurate. People who are either ignorant of God, or who have chosen to reject any kind of relationship with God, are blind to the truth of God. It is Satan who is typically behind this in some way or another, deceiving and twisting the truth so that people are unable to clearly comprehend the truth about God.
It was through the covenant people of Israel, that God sent Jesus Christ to earth to walk among us for a time, and then to be falsely condemned and to die a cruel death by crucifixion to pay the penalty for our sin, and to rise again from the grave, and to ascend back up to sit at the right hand of God until the time is right for Him to return.
It is Jesus birth that we celebrate during the Christmas season, and His death and resurrection that we celebrate during the Easter Season. One day in the not so distant future, the angel Gabriel will sound the trumpet and the Lord Jesus will return to earth, this time to rule and reign over all the earth. When He came the first time He came to set us free from the bondage of sin that we might experience the freedom of forgiveness. When He returns He will judge the living as well as those who have died prior to His coming. Those who know Him will experience the joy and peace of entering into His kingdom, those who do not know Him will unfortunately experience the terror of being dismissed from His presence and will suffer in torment and darkness for eternity.