A Light for the Nations – Isaiah 42:6-7

“I am the LORD; I have called you in righteousness;
I will take you by the hand and keep you;
I will give you as a covenant for the people,
a light for the nations,
to open the eyes that are blind,
to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon,
from the prison those who sit in darkness.”

Isaiah 42:6-7

“Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the LORD his God,
who made heaven and earth,
the sea, and all that is in them,
who keeps faith forever…
The LORD set the prisoners free;
the LORD opens the eyes of the blind.”

Psalm 146:5-8a

I love seeing connections between Old Testament passages focusing on and praising the God of Heaven, and the prophecies of the Messiah who will come. It highlights for me that the Messiah is the LORD. He is God in flesh. Immanuel. With all authority and power.

Jesus came to us as a light to the nations. A light shining in our world of darkness. To open the eyes of the blind. To bring out prisoners from the dungeon. His light is so great, His authority so absolute, that whatever our situation, He is able to change it. Whether we are completely blinded to our sin and lostness, our heart hardened by cynicism and pride, or we feel caught in a web, held captive and entirely unable to break free from the powerful temptation and consequences of sin.

He opens blinded eyes. Jesus did so literally when He was on earth. And He does so now to those spiritually blinded, who are unable to see and recognize truth. His light comes in and permeates whatever is hindering their sight. The first sight they are able to truly see is the glory of the One who saves us. Our mighty God who reigns on high. The One who keeps faith forever and who has come to be our hope. From this vantage point, they are able to see their life with new eyes and enjoy the richness of God’s presence filling their days.

“Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, prisoners in affliction and in irons, for they had rebelled against the words of God…Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and burst their bonds apart” (Psalm 107:10-14). However unbreakable our chains appear, our Lord is able to burst apart that which binds us. Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, He destroyed the one who has the power of death and He delivers us from fear. We no longer live in death’s shadow, but in the glorious light of His grace (Hebrews 2:15). Brought out of darkness into His marvelous light. “[The Father] has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:13-14).

Praise God He has come to be a light for the nations, grafting in all who take refuge in Him. “The root of Jesse will come, even he who arises to rule the Gentiles; in him will the Gentiles hope” (Romans 15:12).

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