A Light Has Dawned
Read Matthew 4:12–17
When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he withdrew to Galilee. Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali—to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah:
“Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali,
the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan,
Galilee of the Gentiles—
the people living in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of the shadow of death
a light has dawned.”
From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”
Great joy comes when our eyes are opened to the truth and life of Jesus. When we are brought out of darkness and into light, our spirits lift, our mouths praise, and our hearts can’t help but feel gratitude. Jesus came to save us from the darkness so that we can live both now and eternally in God’s presence. We can, by the light of Christ, live lives of love, peace, patience, joy, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. This is a life that shines.
- Throughout this week as you have been studying the passages of Scripture about the truth that Jesus is the light of the world and, in Him, you are the light of the world, what have you noticed God illuminating or prompting in you? Spend some time reflecting on this question, remembering you are in God’s loving presence.
God, help me to be a light in this world—wherever I go and with whomever I encounter. Grow me in love, peace, patience, joy, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control so that my life shines and reflects Your love and goodness. Amen.