The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
a light has dawned.
The light Isaiah describes in this passage is Jesus, the One who would bring salvation to the people of the world when he came to earth. Isaiah even specifically identified the region of Galilee as the place where the light would come, which was the place Jesus spent a majority of his time teaching and ministering (Mt 4:13 – 16). In this verse, Isaiah shifts into the past tense, demonstrating the certainty of his prophecy, indicating that what was to happen in the future was as sure to happen as if it had already occurred. God would bring light to a people in darkness, and they would see that light dawning and bringing joy to their lives. Jesus fulfilled Isaiah’s prophecy; he is the light of the world (Jn 8:12), and no one who trusts Jesus for salvation has to walk in the darkness of unforgiven sin ever again.
Content in this post adapted from The Jesus Bible Journal, Isaiah, NIV.
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