Have you ever been in complete darkness? Most of us have experienced the loss of electricity due to a thunderstorm, but even then there is usually ambient light from outside sources. Total darkness is a fearful experience. And that is what God brought upon the Egyptians.
Can You Feel Darkness?
There was thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days (Ex 10:22). But all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings (v.23). In fact the Bible states that the darkness was so dark that it could be felt (v.21). The word ‘felt’ could also mean ‘grope’. It would be like having your eyes fully covered and trying to find your way even around your own home. They had no light. They had no idea how long the darkness would last. One can only imagine the fear and panic they would have ‘felt’.
They Worshipped the Sun
The Egyptians had many gods. Ra, the sun god, was one of them. He ruled over all. He was their spiritual light. For this reason it is very clear that God was sending them a message that He was greater than their sun god. But greater still, the darkness was not only literal; it was a picture of their spiritual condition. They were in spiritual darkness while the Israelites were in light; because God gave them light and He was their Light.
<<<<< Jesus is the Light >>>>>
Jesus the Messiah (Christ) came into the world and “ the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light” (Matt 4:15). He is the light of the world and whoever “follows Him shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life” (John 8:12). For those who have trusted in the Messiah as Savior, you are no longer living in the darkness of Egypt. For God “has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love…” (Col. 1:13). You have been brought out of darkness through the death and resurrection of the Light (Jesus), and transferred into the kingdom of light. “For you were once darkness but now are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light” (Eph 5:8).
In the hustle and bustle of the season, it’s easy to forget why we celebrate Christmas. Slow down and remember that LIGHT has come into a dark world. For believers, the Light (Jesus) is the true purpose of Christmas. Christmas is not a day. It’s a one time event that should affect the way you live every day. Jesus said, “I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness” (John 12:46). Allow Jesus to light up your life!