The Dawn of hope

I spent a lot of time talking to God about my problems today. As much as I wish that they were solved, they were a long-time growing and healing will take daily heart-change with God.

For today, I found a beautiful theme weaving through Scripture. So often, I feel as though stories and chapters are divided segments, rather than understanding them to be a unified whole story.

Back in Luke 1, as all the neighbors all over Judea were whispering about the miracle baby John. His daddy Zechariah used his new-found tongue to bless God, and focused on the coming Savior who would eclipse his son.

“78 because of the tender mercy of our God,
    whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high
79 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
    to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

Wait, the sun would come here? We’ll burn up! But no, God’s Son shadowed His glory, and yet the warmth of His love and healing were evident wherever He went.

This theme carries through the Bible, hearkening back to the Old Testament promises that people rubbed between their hands, keeping sparks of hope alive in captivity.

One of Isaiah’s Messiah messages speaks of this light (Isaiah 9:2):

“The people who walked in darkness
    have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
    on them has light shone.”

Malachi, the final prophet recorded before the 400 year pause, spoke both of the judgement on evildoers that day would bring and …

“But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall.” (Mal. 4:2, ESV).

Not only righteousness, but healing, and blissful freedom! Ahh, sweet imagery of the coming Messiah. And He did come!

The New Testament authors carried this theme into their instructions for believers who now had that hope alive in them. Paul wrote in Ephesians 5 that believers should walk as children of light.

“13 But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, 14 for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,

“Awake, O sleeper,
    and arise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”

Life. Joy. New opportunities. Fresh starts. Dawn. These themes sum up the final book of the Bible.

Revelation 1 describes Jesus as all-powerful, with a face “like the sun shining in full strength.” This is the Son of God who finished His task on earth to save all mankind, and illuminates life with truth. Revelation concludes with His promise to come soon. Revelation 22 says:

16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”

This is the hope that can add life and light to the gloomiest day, the darkest moment, the worst sin that has you stuck fast. Jesus brings light, and He has promised to never leave us. We have hope for stepping forward, and that is reason to rejoice over problems!

I pray that God will help us see His hand in our lives, and shine through us with hope in the midst of a messed-up world.

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