“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.” – Isaiah 60:1-5
LIGHT FOR NOW: Out of the sufferings of Jesus came the glory; you are that glory now and always.
The words of Jesus in Luke 24:25-27 showed to us that the Old Testament books of the bible are summarized in two sentences:
- The sufferings of Christ.
- The glory that followed.
It is clear that by Jesus’ words that the utterances of the prophets are climaxed in their Christ centered utterances. And since their words were concerning what God will do in Christ, then the Old Testament books are referred to as a book of prophecies and promises.
- Prophecies and promises concerning Christ (his sufferings).
- Prophecies and promises concerning his glory that came out of his suffering (that is, the born again man).
Jesus in verse 27 of Luke 24 says: “And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself”. The word “concerning” there was translated from the Greek word “peri”. This Greek word implies focus, arriving point or destination. In other words, the utterances of the prophets have an arriving point, which is Jesus. Jesus therefore, is the focus, the arriving point and destination of the prophecies of the prophets. Situating ourselves in this by what we’ve seen so far, we can say: Christ and we in Christ was the destination of the prophet’s utterance. Recall, “The sufferings of Christ and the glory that should follow”. So, Isaiah 60:1-5 will be a prophecy concerning Christ and we were found in him. Notice in the very heart of verse 1 of Isaiah 60, Isaiah says “Arise, shine, for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee”. By Isaiah saying “the glory of the Lord is risen upon you”, that will be a prophecy or promise of God’s glory in us. We will thus be the carrier of God’s glory; God’s glory is our nature. Hallelujah!!!
INSTRUCTION: Study closely.
CONFESSION: I am what the word says I am. I declare therefore that God’s glory is my nature. I am a carrier of God’s glory, now and forever. Glory!
QUOTE: You came out of Jesus’ sufferings as his glory.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 1PETER CHAPTER 1; EVENING: ISAIAH CHAPTER 46