from Lynda Lindsey
Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. ... But the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Isaiah 60:1; 2(b)
The sun will no more be your light by day, nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you, for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory. Your sun will never set again, and your moon will wane no more; the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your days of sorrow will end. Isaiah 60:19-20
Zechariah, John the Baptist’s father, prophesying: And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace. Luke 1:76-79
Darkness. Gloom. Inky blackness. No illumination. Clouds obscure the moon. Tossing, turning, covers twisted, nightmarish images reign until finally the sun’s faint glow begins to penetrate the gloom. Experiencing a night like this makes us appreciate waking to a sun-drenched room! What if the sun didn’t warm the earth by day; the moon didn’t shine by night? What if we only experienced darkness? This is exactly our spiritual condition; sin obscures the true light of Jesus; we stumble in darkness. Gloom. Inky blackness. No illumination.
Messiah entered our world as the Sunrise from Heaven come to visit mankind, shining His light for all to see. Jesus, radiant, righteous King, light of the world whose justice is a light for all the people, dispels the darkness of sin and injustice. He comes as a flaming torch and a smoking oven. A towering column of cloud by day and a flaming fireball by night. Jesus leads, guides, reassures, shields us from our enemies, and shows us His way by taking up residence within us. Jesus’ enemies sought to kill Him from the time of His first appearing; years later they thought they had succeeded when He was crucified. Yet death couldn’t hold him! His light has come; it is everlasting!
The great I am, the Alpha and the Omega, the One who is, who was, and who is to come, the Lord Almighty, will come again. Make no mistake, when He comes next riding on the clouds, every eye will see Him! He shall govern by peace and rule by righteousness for all eternity! There will be no more violence, ruin, destruction and sorrow. The Lord, our everlasting light, will be our glory, our eternal peace and righteousness; we will need no other light. The Lord God is now, and will forever be, our wall of Salvation! Enter the gateway of His presence with everlasting praise and joy!