Scripture: Isaiah 60:1-3
Hymn: O Lord, Now Let Your Servant
There was an old man named Simeon who had been waiting for Jesus to come. He was a righteous, faithful man. The Holy Spirit had come to him and told him that before he died he would see the promised Messiah. He was at the temple on the day Mary & Joseph brought their baby to be purified according to the laws of Moses. When Simeon saw the baby Jesus he held him in his arms and blessed God, saying “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation.” He called Jesus “a light,” just as Isaiah had when he wrote “The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light.” The Apostle John also called Jesus a light, saying “In him was life, and the life was the light of men, and the light shone in the darkness.” And Jesus himself said “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” The prophet Malachi called Jesus “the sun of righteousness.” The Apostle Peter wrote of the time when “the day dawns and the morning star rises in our hearts.” And in the very last words of the whole Bible Jesus himself says “I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright and morning star.” Jesus has come as a light to the whole world, revealing God to us and shining salvation to overcome the darkness of sin. When he comes in glory to judge the whole world, he will make all things new. There will be a new heaven and a new earth. In them we will need no sun or moon, because Christ himself will be our light.
Lord Jesus, you are the light of the world. Thank you for coming to the world waiting in darkness as the sun of righteousness. Teach us to follow you, that we may no longer walk in darkness. We are eager to be with you on that great day when you will shine as the sun in the new heavens and the new earth. Amen.