Christmas - Hope - Day 6

Opening Prayer: 

Dear Lord, help us to remember that you are Immanuel, God with us  and the light of the world.  In Your name, amen.

Read: Isaiah 60:19-20 NIV

 “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.”

 

Reflect: 

My wife has often told me she is “solar powered.”  I often feel the same way.  When we have a long period of cloudy days it tends pull us both down, but our dispositions and attitude are brighter when the sun comes back out. 

 I thought about this as I read this Scripture.  Israel was in its waning days. The light they received from God had gone out because they had forsaken God and turned to Baal and golden idols as their source of comfort.  Judah was going through periods of sunny and cloudy days.  Judah also had its dark times when they were focused on idols and not God. Sunny days would return when a king came in who turned them back to God bringing a revival across the land.  Eventually, God’s light would be withdrawn from them when they permanently turned their eyes away from God to other gods. 

 This Scripture provides them a way out of the darkness by pointing to a time when there would be a new light source, the Lord.  He would be an everlasting light for them and us.  Charles Spurgeon points out in his commentary on this Scripture that “Jesus Christ was born at Bethlehem, and He became a light to the Gentiles as well as to Jews.  The sun shone from the Son on earth as it never had before.”

 As we move through this Christmas season we have hope through the light of the Christ who was born in a manger in Bethlehem, died on the cross and rose again for the forgiveness of our sins.   

 

Apply:  

This week remember that this prophecy from Isaiah is not just for the here and now.  While that is very comforting, it also appears again in Revelation 21:23 and 24 referring to the new Jerusalem “And the city has no need of sun or moon, for the glory of God illuminates the city, and the Lamb is its light. The nations will walk in its light, and the kings of the world will enter the city in all their glory.”

The Life Application Bible’s comment on this passage is; “No temple is needed in the new city, however, because God’s presence will be everywhere. God will be the light in the new Jerusalem. Light represents what is good, pure, true, holy, and reliable……. that God’s glory illuminates the city means that the city will be enveloped by him, who is perfectly holy and true.”  For those of us who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ we have much to look forward to. Celebrate that this week!

   

Closing Prayer: 

Our Lord help us enjoy the light that you provide for us through Your Son, Jesus Christ. In His name, amen.

Today’s Family Christmas Calendar Activity:

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Terry Schneider