One of my favorite times of day is the dawn of the early morning. As I sit in my comfortable chair, with a small lamp turned on and a hot cup of coffee in my hand, I experience the changing of my world from a coat of darkness to brightening light. It is a calming yet expectant moment of my day as the night disappears and a new day arises.
Because of the tender mercy of our God, with which the sunrise from on high will visit us, to shine upon those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. Luke 1:78-79 NASB
Advent begins in just a couple of days. Advent means “coming” in Latin. It is a season in the Christian calendar that covers the four Sundays and weeks before Christmas day. Advent is a time to prepare and remember the real meaning of Christmas; the coming of Jesus into the world.
There are three meanings of “coming” that describe Advent.
- The first, and most thought of, happened about 2000 years ago when Jesus came into the world as a baby to live as a man and die for us.
- The second can happen now as Jesus wants to come into our lives.
- And the third will happen in the future when Jesus comes back to the world as King and Judge, not a baby.
As we ready our hearts for the season of Advent, let’s look carefully at the verses above which are part of a Zechariah’s prophecy about Jesus. He uses a poetic phrase to describe the event that is about to happen on earth: with which the sunrise from on high will visit us.
This was the fulfillment of a promise in the Old Testament. But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings. (Malachi 4:2 NLT) Jesus – the Sunrise and the Sun of Righteousness – is about to be born. Life for all mankind is about to change as each person now has the opportunity to live a life filled with light and peace instead of darkness.
You have the opportunity to live a life filled with light and peace.
As the light and the new day break out on my morning it brings many changes to the earth which are also echoed in my life.
- First there is the change from darkness into light. The darkness, for each of us, represents the unknown, questions, wondering, frustration, lies, and confusion. The light brings revelation, knowledge, wisdom, direction, answers, salvation, and truth.
- The nighttime was cold, but now there is the warmth of the sun. When your life is experiencing darkness you feel alone and isolated. But when the light comes you sense a part of a community, know the love of your family, and feel the camaraderie of others.
- Where there once was atrophy, now there is potential for growth. All plants need the sun to grow. It is the same with people; we need the Sun. When the Sun arises in your life, you become alive, flourishing, and fruitful instead of stuck and stagnant.
- The darkness brought a sense of danger, but with the light there is security. In the pitch of dark you are unable to see and are more susceptible to fall into the snare of fear and self-doubt. The light brings calmness, peace, safety, and assurance.
When the Sun arises in your life, you become alive, flourishing, and fruitful instead of stuck and stagnant.
Let each sunrise in the month of December remind you of Jesus – his birth, the salvation he offers to you, and the expectation of his return.
Here comes the sun; receive him. Your life can be filled with light, peace, love, and truth.