Scripture: Isaiah 60:1 Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. 2 For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you. 3 Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
Observation: Verse 2 uses imagery similar to that found in Genesis when God created the heavens and the earth. In the beginning darkness covered the earth until God said “Let there be light.” At the time of Isaiah, God’s people were in exile far from their homes in Israel/Judah. It was a dark time for sure. However, these verses offered hope that the dark time wouldn’t last forever. God would send a “light”, who we Christians understand to be Jesus. Jesus is the light of the world.
Application: There are seasons of life when things seem dark indeed. For some of us, that season is right now. The promise of the gospel is not that we Christians will be exempt from dark times, but that we will not have to journey through them alone. Jesus Christ is our light. He is our hope. He is our strength, our stronghold and deliverer.
One of my favorite hymns is called “Christ be our Light”, the chorus of which is:
Christ be our light. Shine in our hearts, shine through the darkness. Christ be our light. Shine in your church gathered today.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, let the words of this song be true in us today. Amen.