The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them light has shined…The people will rejoice…For the yoke of their burden and the staff on their shoulder and the rod of their oppressor thou hast broken as on the day of Midian. For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle turmult and every garment rolled in blood will be burned as fuel for the fire.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder, and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty Hero, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and of peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David, and over His kingdom, to establish it and uphold it with justice and righteousness from this time forth and for evermore. — from Isaiah 9
“The people in darkness sees the great light…The New Testament proclaims to us the person Himself. He is Jesus Christ, the child in the manger, the preacher on the mount, the tormented man on the cross, the risen liberator….He is already present and His power is already among us. We can follow Him, even today making visible something of the peace, liberty and righteousness of the kingdom that He will complete. It is no longer impossible. It is possible for us in fellowship with Him. Let us share in His new creation of the world and – born again to a living hope – live as new men and women.” -from ‘The Disarming Child’ by Jurgen Moltmann