Thursday, December 15, 2016

A Recipe for a Savior Day # 15


Day # 15

Isaiah 9:2 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light, those who dwelt in the land of deep darkness, on them a light has shined.

            When you are baking, one of the things you like to do is look in the oven to see how things are going. You can do that if you have an oven light. You can turn it on and look through the window to see how the baking is going. Well, I would be willing to bet that those of you who are bakers actually open the oven door to see how things are baking. It is the rest of us non-bakers, especially the children, who look through the window to see how the cookies or cake is baking. The oven light helps us so much. Yes, look and you will see how it is going, if it needs a little more time or needs to come out right now.

            But then the oven light burns out. What? You have never had the oven light burn out on you? Do you really use your oven? When the light burns out, it is more of a challenge to bake because the inside of the oven is dark. While you can bake without the oven light, it is much more difficult.

            In A Recipe for a Savior the oven light isn’t really a part of the recipe, but it is needed nonetheless. People are in darkness, just like sitting inside of the oven with no light. Sitting in that darkness there is nothing but hopelessness. It is true that when you are in the darkness, you don’t think much of it. It is not until you are in need of light that you realize it, much like you don’t think about replacement until you are in the middle of baking something. The people sitting in darkness need a light but cannot get it on their own. In pain, in suffering, in loneliness, in lostness, in sorrow and in death, we begin to realize that we are in deep darkness, one that we cannot break.

            So the Father promises to send a Light to the people in darkness. In A Recipe for a Savior we hear the Father say, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.” It isn’t an oven light but it is the much great light, the light of salvation. The Savior has been called the Light of the World. To people lost in the darkness of sin, He brings the light of hope and forgiveness, the light of peace and life, the light that destroys darkness. John writes, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:15)

            A Recipe for a Savior brings light to darkness. It gives Light to all people, for all are in darkness, needing a great light.

Prayer: Light my darkness, dear Lord. Brighten my life with Your presence. Pease bring light to the lost world around us, using each of us to share the message of Light with those lost in the darkness of sin. Amen.

Deeper Thought: The next time you bake, don’t turn on your oven light. See the darkness that surrounds your baked goods. Then ask yourself what part of your personal life is still in darkness. Pray that the Light of Christ would brighten that darkness.


  1. Unfortunately my oven is ancient and doesn't have a light. So I open the door 🚪 n pull the rack to check out my baked goods
    Self doubt is my biggest struggle. At the Same time I Have Faith in God! Doesn't make sense.

  2. Read Mark 9:14-29 The man with the child filled an unclean spirit says to Jesus: "I believe, help my unbelief!" (vs. 24) Not so strange a cry, is it Michael?