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Light And Shadow

Isiah 9:1-7

READ Isiah 9:1-7

Art historian Seymour Slive described the great Dutch artist Rembrandt (1606 – 1669) as the master of light and shadow, a compelling storyteller on canvas. Rembrandt’s painting The Adoration of the Shepherds portrays the darkened stable in Bethlehem where two shepherds kneel beside the manger while other people stand farther away. One man holds a lantern, but the brightest light shines not from his lantern but from the Christ-child, illuminating those who have gathered close to Him.

Seven centuries before Jesus’ birth, Isaiah used an image of light and shadow to foretell the coming of a Savior for Israel: “The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine. . . . For a child is born to us, a son is given to us” (Isaiah 9:2,6).

Each person may see a different story in Rembrandt’s painting, but perhaps each of us is represented somewhere in that stable. Are we kneeling in worship, standing back in hesitation, or hiding from the light that has penetrated our darkness?

Christmas invites us to step out of the shadows of darkness and to allow the light of Christ to shine into our hearts. —David McCasland

Faith in Christ is not a leap into the dark; it’s a step into the Light.

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Written by Allison Levy

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