The setting for the coming of the Messiah is one of great spiritual darkness. Everyone is stumbling around in the dark - even the religious leaders struggle spiritually. This passage reminds me of this verse from the prophet Isaiah:
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.Jesus is that great light that has come into the world and his light illuminated the dark ways of mankind. I find it interesting how, in the gospels, sinners repented and were made whole by this light while religious people preferred their darkness to the light of Christ.
It is a troubling thought for those of us who have followed God for a long time. Knowing how the darkness that Christ confronted most was that of religious people causes me to question and repent of the dark, arrogant and legalistic theologies that I once embraced.
Lord, I need your light. Please shine on all of my dark ways.