Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation…
I. LIGHT OUT OF DARKNESS.
II. JOY BECAUSE OF THE LIGHT.
1. Because Jesus was born.
2. Because in His incarnation God and man were united.
3. Because through His birth "the yoke" of man's burden has been broken (ver. 4), and the power of his oppressor destroyed.
III. THE GROUNDS OF THIS JOY (vers. 6, 7).
Parallel VersesKJV: Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations.
WEB: But there shall be no more gloom for her who was in anguish. In the former time, he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali; but in the latter time he has made it glorious, by the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations.