Second, Christmas brings light in darkness. Their suffering is likened to darkness. They lived in the darkness of oppression from their enemies—the Assyrians, Babylonians, and others. But now, they have seen a great light! What is this light? It is the light of the coming of the Messiah! The coming of Christ is the same as the coming of light!
Further, the coming of Christ means breaking of the bondage of the bullies. “For You have broken the yoke of his burden And the staff of his shoulder, The rod of his oppressor, As in the day of Midian” (Isa. 9:4, NKJV). The verb, “broken,” is from chathath, “to shatter.” The Messiah causes the breaking of the bondage of the Assyrians and Babylonians. (Hiphil Perfect) “The day of Midian” recalls the day when Gideon and his small number of men (300) broke the 7-year bondage of Israel under the Midianites and their vast army. As Gideon broke the back of the Midianites, so the Messiah will break the rod of Israel’s oppressors. And so the gladness of the Son is the gladness of the light of the Messiah that penetrates the darkness, breaking the bondage of oppression.