This is what God gave me today in his word:
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined. You have multiplied the nation; you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as they are glad when they divide the spoil. For the yoke of his burden, and the staff for his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian. (Isa 9:2-4)
Who exactly are the people in “darkness”? … People in sin. People in sin are spiritually blind, always stumbling because they can’t see their own hand much less the ground! The people in “darkness” are people spiritually dead and without hope… Beginning to sound like someone? Well, it should sound like, because spiritually dead, without hope and blind is a near perfect description of me before Jesus.
The people who used to “walk in darkness”, have seen the light! I find that rather ironic, because you always hear about people “seeing the light” before death… Where as in this case, you see the light and you live!
It doesn’t matter who are; I think that’s what these verses are telling us… It doesn’t matter if you’ve been the worst criminal imaginable, Jesus will forgive you! Sometimes… OK, all the time; sin is a burden, weighing us down, forcing us to its will…
“For my yoke is easy and my burden light” (Mat 11:30)
To put it in other words; Jesus’ burden is light, our’s is heavy, Jesus gives us his “burden”… And he even helps us “carry” that! And it doesn’t matter if you’re the “worst of sinners”, Jesus can save you as he has me!
You are loved!