Rising Sun (Dayspring)
because of the tender mercy of our God,
by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven
(Luke 1:78, NIV)
Every day the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. And so it has been since God set the sun in the sky. The sun has never faltered in its path. The rising sun signals a new day. Throughout history, time was set by the sun. The sun and its light dictated when to rise and when to sleep, when to work and when to relax. Life revolved around the sun. Today, despite numerous technological advances, life still revolves around the sun. So much so that twice a year we adjust our clocks in order to maximize sunlight!
Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, recognized the important work his newborn son would one day accomplish. John was to prepare the way for the Rising Sun, the dawning of a new day! Jesus’ purpose in coming to earth was going to change things. No longer would sacrifices be required or priestly intervention required. People would now be able to communicate directly with the Lord. Jesus brought about a new day in worship of the Lord.
As the Rising Sun, Jesus gives light to a dark world. He corrected false teachings and shared God’s word with all who would listen in an easy-to-understand manner. God’s word, which had previously been strictly guarded by the religious leaders, was now made available to all. It was a new day.
So what does this mean for us? Like the reliability of the sun to rise in the east and set in the west each day, so too we can rely upon Jesus to always be there for us. Just as the sun gives life to all living things on earth, so too does Jesus give life, eternal life. And just as Jesus gives light to a dark world, so too are we to give light in a dark world. We live in the light of the Rising Sun. That light should be reflected in the life that we live. Do you shine brightly?
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