Sunrise from on High

When Zacharias’ speech was restored to him on the eighth day following the birth of his son, John, he prophesied about another Child that would soon be born.

Because of the tender mercy of our God,
With which the Sunrise from on high will visit us . . . (Luke 1:78).

Jesus Christ would shine upon those who sat in darkness and guide their feet toward peace. He would bring a light of life, calling His own out of spiritual death.

We’ve had so much rain this spring that we are all longing to feel a sunrise. People complain about how the cloudy weather makes them physically blue. I agree it is unfulfilling to take a walk under the clouds, whereas blue skies and the glow of sunshine always quicken my step!

When the clouds prevent the warmth of sunshine on our skin, it doesn’t mean the sun has left us. It’s still burning as brightly as ever. We just can’t see it.

It’s a beautiful comparison to make between our sun and the Sunrise Zacharias mentions. Christ is always there, never absent, even on cloudy days when we can’t feel Him. When our emotions deceive our hearts stating we are alone, our minds must then speak truth. Jesus Christ is the eternal Sunshine that will never stop shining on His people. He hides behind no cloud.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever (Hebrews 13:8).

It was because of God’s tender mercy that Jesus came. It is because of God’s tender mercy that Jesus reigns. Let us not forget this on the cloudy days. He has not left us. He does not change. He shines as brightly as ever, guiding us toward peace. We simply must believe.

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