The Kingdom Of Light
In the text often quoted at Christmas, Isaiah said, "The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned" (Isaiah 9:2); and that light was the coming of God's Son to our world, a world of heartache and pain, an imperfect broken world.
John, part of Jesus' inner circle, described it, saying, "In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it (John 1:4-5).
You don't have to be overwhelmed by the evil that lurks without and strives to penetrate our lives. It can be driven out as God takes possession your heart and life. Paul said that believers are rescued from the dominion of darkness and are brought into the kingdom of His dear Son (Colossians 1:13).
When Jesus walked the earth for thirty-three years, He was convinced that the battle was light versus darkness and all the darkness isn't "out there" somewhere. There's darkness deep in the hearts of men as well. Jesus taught that out of the depraved and darkened heart comes thefts, murders, lies, sexual sin and violence.
There is but one answer to the culture of darkness: Expose it to the light. The least amount of light drives back the greatest amount of darkness. The culture of darkness is composed of fabric that disintegrates when it encounters light.
Paul says that conversion brings cleansing and renewal. "A new person" is the expression he used to describe how complete and thorough is the spiritual renewal that comes through an encounter with the living Savior.
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned. Isaiah 9:2