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Arise, Shine, For Your Light Has Come

December 6, 2019

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Arise,  Shine,  For Your Light Has Come

“Wake up,  sleepy heads!      It’s time to rise and shine!”      Maybe we’ve heard that call.      It’s not only the call  of a mother  waking her children up for school.      God Almighty  also makes that call  to all of us.      It’s time for us  to realize  what has happened  in this trouble-filled world.      Isaiah 60:1-3 calls out  to us,

Arise,  shine;  for your light has come,
And the glory  of the LORD  has risen upon you.
For behold,  darkness will cover the earth,
And deep darkness  the peoples;
But the LORD  will rise upon you,
And His glory  will appear  upon you.
And nations  will come  to your light,
And kings  to the brightness  of your rising.

Although this passage first applied  to the people of Israel,  it also has an eternal way  of applying to all  of God’s children  down through the ages.      It’s a prophecy  telling the people  of Israel  to wake up  and realize  that the Savior,  their Light,  has been born.      It points out  that the Savior  was born a Jew,  in the dark world of sin,  and that people  from all over the world  will come to the Savior — the One  who was born a Jew,  according to many prophecies.

So,  the message to the Jews  is basically  to wake up  and realize  that the Savior from sin  has come.      God’s glory  appeared to all the Jews  in Jesus Christ.      Many never did wake up  to that fact.      Instead,  they rejected Jesus,  refusing to believe  His miracles  and resurrection.      So, they remained  in their spiritual darkness.

Although people  from many nations  have accepted Jesus  as their Savior,  and are so glad  to live in the light  of His salvation,  the majority of peoples  still refuse  to wake up  to God’s truths.      John 1:4-5 describes Jesus  and what is taking place  in the hearts  of the people  as they think about Jesus.

In Him  was life;  and the life  was the light  of men.       And the light shines  in the darkness;  and the darkness  did not comprehend it.

Here is Jesus  with this precious gift  of life  that can change  our worldly lives,  but people  can’t figure it out.      Then  in John 1:9-14  is the light  of what God  has done for us,

There was  the true light  which,  coming into the world,  enlightens every man.      He was in the world,  and the world  was made through Him,  and the world  did not know Him.      He came to His own,  and those  who were His own  did not receive Him.

But  as many as received Him,  to them  He gave the right  to become  children of God,  even to those  who believe  in His name,  who were born  not of blood,  nor of the will  of the flesh,  nor of the will  of man,  but of God.      And the Word  became flesh,  and dwelt among us,  and we beheld His glory,  glory  as of the only begotten  from the Father,  full of grace  and truth.

As people blindly cheat,  lie,  steal,  hate,  murder,  and groan in hopelessness,  they live  in a dark misery.      We don’t have to live  lives  of that sort.      Jesus,  our Creator,  has come to us  to wash away  our sins  and lead us  in faith,  hope,  and love.      Will we receive Him?

We don’t have to wallow  in our sins.      We can become  the children of God  through faith  in what Jesus did for us  when He came  to this earth as a real man,  to suffer  and die  to pay  for our sins.

Jesus is  full of grace and truth.      When we let Him  work His grace  and truth  into our lives,  we say,  “Hallelujah!      Lord Jesus,  thank You  for graciously  letting us  become Your real children  by faith.      Create in us  clean hearts  and a right spirit.”

Love,
Margaret

 

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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