“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: When light shines in a man that was in darkness, there is a change of status from darkness to light.
Salvation in Christ is the very intent of Genesis 1:2-3 and Isaiah 60:1-5. Hence, the use of the words below:
- Arise and shine
In John chapter 1, John brings our key text with its historical background to the spotlight, it reads: “In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness and the darkness comprehended it not” (John 1:1-5).
John here in the above is explaining our key text together with its background, and he makes it clear that the light is a person, and this person who is the light is the life. Hence, the light will be the light of life. Then he says that the light shines in darkness and the darkness could not withstand it; that is salvation. Light shining in darkness or out of darkness is figurative of salvation. That light shining out of darkness is Christ in the heart of man. Hence, there was a change of status from darkness to light. Jesus therefore is that light that shined out of darkness, thus making it clear to us that Isaiah 60:1-5 with Genesis 1:2-3 as the background text is about salvation. By reason of salvation, we are of the light. Glory!
INSTRUCTION: By reason of salvation, you are of the light. Acknowledge this.
CONFESSION: I affirm today that I am of the light and I am light because I am the saved. My status changed at salvation; from darkness to light. I am therefore light personified.
QUOTE: Salvation without works is light shining out of darkness.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JAMES CHAPTER 1 EVENING: MATTHEW CHAPTER 5