Matthew 4.16 cont.
16 The people sitting in darkness have seen a great light, and to those sitting in a land of the shadow of death a light has dawned on them.
This prophecy was particularly for the people of Galilee, and it was also about the coming of Jesus.
Originally the prophecy was about how the Galilean population would be delivered from the military forces of the Assyrians and Chaldeans, who invaded from the north.
In those days Galilee was overrun by the political forces of darkness, just as the world is overrun by the forces of darkness in these days. The prophetic words of Isaiah carry with them the certainty that the population will see a great light.
This looks forward to the certainty of the coming of Jesus. His arriving in Capernaum fulfils the prophecy that a great light had come, and had dawned upon them.
God always fulfils His promises. The people of Capernaum and Galilee were honoured to have the Light of the world living amongst them,
It was through the words that Jesus spoke that people saw the Light of Jesus. It was through the miracles that Jesus performed that the Light of the world shone upon them. It was through His mastery over satan that people saw the Light of the world dawn on them.
Another prophecy from Isaiah says:
“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you” – 60.1 (NIV).
This speaks of the fulfilment of Isaiah 9.
Those who are born again can confidently state that our light has come, and we also see something of the glory of the Lord as He works amongst us in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus tells us that we are also the light of the world, as we shall see from chapter 5.
His command to us is that we must let our light shine. By doing this those who sit in the darkness of this world will see the light of Jesus shining through our lives. and so have the opportunity to no longer sit in darkness, but to come to the Light and know the salvation of God.