Arise and Shine, Children

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Today we get to read some words that will be very familiar for some of you. Let’s see if we can open the Word afresh. Let’s bring to mind the words of Hebrews 4:12 –

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Oh it’s living, girls. Never doubt that. The Bible is different than any other book. It works with the Spirit in our hearts, in our minds, in our lungs, and our legs. When we take it up, it breathes fresh life into our veins and strengthens us for the day ahead, or calms our souls for a night of sweet rest.

Please read Isaiah 60:1-4.

Arise, shine, for your light has come,
    and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
For behold, darkness shall cover the earth,
    and thick darkness the peoples;
but the Lord will arise upon you,
    and his glory will be seen upon you.
And nations shall come to your light,
    and kings to the brightness of your rising.

Lift up your eyes all around, and see;
    they all gather together, they come to you;
your sons shall come from afar,
    and your daughters shall be carried on the hip.

Arise, shine.

While this verse talks about the light of Christ dawning in our life as belief and faith, don’t miss the significance of Arise.

Do you happen to know anyone that has risen? I know someone who has and boy what a difference it has made.

These verses proclaim the prophecy of the Messiah yet to come, Jesus Christ, Word made flesh. When He came to earth to take the weight of our sin and punishment upon the cross, darkness prevailed for a moment, but light dawned eternal. Read each of the following verses that parallel the resurrection account. What detail does John add that the other Gospel writers were not called to add.

Luke 24:1

Mark 16:9

John 20:1 – Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.

“While it was still dark…” 

This is the reality of the Israelites. The world, the sin taking over their lives and the world around them, darkness. A loss of hope. A people sitting on the ground aching for problems they could not solve for themselves or in themselves.

“Arise, shine, for your light has come…”

This prophecy of Jesus is so well rounded, so complete. When we lose hope for the world in which our children will have to grow up, when we wonder if the next generation will be able to hold strong, if we’ll be able to hold strong, take heart. The Light has come. The Light itself has arisen. It has walked from the tomb, while it was still dark. And the darkness will NOT overcome it.

Our children, the next generation walking this earth, are His children. The promises held in Isaiah 60:4 are as true for us, as they were for the nation of Israel. He will not forsake us. We are not a people of death and destruction. We are a people of Life and Eternity.

Proverbs 14:26-27 –

In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence,
    and his children will have a refuge.
27 The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life,
    that one may turn away from the snares of death.

Jesus’s resurrection is a Fountain of Life in us.

John 12:36 tells us we are Sons of Light. We are believers. The radiance of the Son lives in us (Isaiah 60:5), let the world see. You, daughter, are a treasure to Him. Your children, and your children’s children, are a treasure to Him. The people God puts in your path, are a treasure to Him.

Arise. Let Him Radiate. Let the Sonlight reflect off your face and your hands and your feet, dear one.

Your Light has come.

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Exploration:

Are you a morning person? What part of the day is easiest for you to shine God’s love? Which part of the day finds you struggling most often?

What promise of the resurrection do you hold most dear? How have you seen it work in your life in the last few weeks or months?

Alright, time for some Gospel-motivated action. Choose one specific way you can shine the Light of the Resurrection to a person, a place, or somewhere, anywhere, this week, using either your face, your hands, or your feet.

 

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7 thoughts on “Arise and Shine, Children”

  1. Mornings are my favorite, especially with the early sunshine coming through the windows, hot coffee in my cup, and God’s Word in front of me. But I confess, I struggle with continuing to arise and shine even 20 minutes later. What a blessing that we have the living and active Word to turn to and that even draws us in.

  2. I am a morning person, & generally am the most hopeful at that time of the day. The evenings are the hardest time of day for me. That is when the weight of the world is pressing down on me.
    The promise of the resurrection that I hold most dear right now is that I will see my mom again in paradise, since she is near death.
    I was able to stand at her bedside yesterday with my family and sing hymns to her. She looked so peaceful. Amazingly, a local Lutheran pastor showed up to visit her while we were there, she confessed Christ, joined the church, & we took communion together! God certainly did above all that I could ask or imagine!

  3. I like mornings, but I don’t usually get to sleep earlier enough to enjoy them. I guess mid morning or early evening is a the easiest time for me to shine God’s love. It is hardest for me to do it when I am tired, like right after school or before bed. I find myself getting so frustrated when the class I am subbing for is not cooperative or students are disrespectful. If I am not crabby outside, I certainly am inside. :/

    The promise of the resurrection I hold dear is that the mess and sin of this life will end, we will see Jesus face to face, and we will be with the believers who have died or are separated from us.

    With God’s help, I will shine the light of the resurrection with my face and voice to the students I teach, even those who disobey. I want them to know God’s love for them in Jesus!

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