Because of the tender mercy of our God, with which the sunrise from on high will visit us . . . Zacharias, filled with the Holy Spirit. (Luke 1:78)From all of us here at Renewed Heart Ministries, to each and every one of you, Merry Christmas!
This week, with Christmas just upon us, Id like to take a brief moment and look at the reference that John the Baptists father makes to Jesus in the above verse. Zacharias refers to Jesus as the sunrise from on high.
What strikes me as interesting is that this is not the only time Jesus is described in this manner. Consider the following:
But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves. (Malachi 4:2)
Or as the TEV translates it:
. . .like the sun and bring healing like the suns rays . . . (Malachi 4:2, TEV)
Over and over again, in the scriptures, Jesus and His life here on earth are likened to the dawning of the sun in the darkness of early morning.
So we are even more confident of the message proclaimed by the prophets. You will do well to pay attention to it, because it is like a lamp shining in a dark place until the Day dawns and the light of the morning star shines in your hearts. (2 Peter 1:19, TEV)
What does all of this imagery mean?
It makes perfect sense when we understand three things in Peters statement here.
Where is this dark place Peter is referring to?
What is this light which Peter desires will dawn there?
What is the darkness and why is it in this place?
First, the dark place is obvious to the careful reader. Its the same place Peter is awaiting the dawn itself. Its our hearts.
And what is the light? Well, in short, its Jesus and the new picture of God, He brings to our understanding. Its the truth about what type of a person our God really is. Its the light of His love. And just as the sun dispels the darkness in the early morning mist, so the coming of Jesus, to this world, but more importantly to each of our hearts, dispels the lies that have longed resided there concerning our God, and what He thinks and feels toward us.
What is the darkness? This is simple too. If light is truth, then darkness must be lies. Specifically all the lies weve ever believed about the character of our loving heavenly Father.
The God who said, Out of darkness the light shall shine! is the same God who made his light shine in our hearts, to bring us the knowledge of Gods glory and character of love shining in the face of Christ. (2 Corinthians 4:6)
Jesus is the light of the world. He is the exact representation of God Himself, so complete and full, that when we see Jesus, we are seeing the Father Himself as well.
And what does this do in our hearts and lives? Ill give you a hint. When one truly submits to Gods great love for oneself – when one stops believing the voices in their head and instead begins to believe the voice of Gods Spirit to their heart – the first fruit of that Spirit is love. By love, is love awakened. But well cover more of that at another time. It is enough for now to remember: the Woman of Revelation 12 is clothed with the same sunlight that has dawned in her heart and set her free. She has allowed the suns rays to now be reflected off of her own person as well.
May each of us be just that this holiday season. May we find ourselves, this Christmas, reflections of that sunrise from on high till the day dawns and night is no more.
Believe His love, share His love, and go enlarge the kingdom.
Happy Holidays to each of you!
We wish you Gods best this week,