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.” Isaiah 60:1-2
The Word of God as written by the Prophet Isaiah concerning the future glory of Israel.
The days of Lent are just plain gloomy. Most days during this time of year the sky remains overcast. One can compare the gloomy dark sky with the spiritual darkness, the sinfulness that covers the earth. Spiritually speaking we live in the darkness of our sin.
But we saints, those who confess Jesus is Lord, look forward to leaving the darkness of the world. We look forward to passing through death’s dark door into the eternal light of God’s presence. We look forward to our own resurrection. We look forward to life everlasting in Heaven where it will never be dark. For now, we bathe in the light of God’s Word. For now, we find warmth and comfort in the Sacraments. For now, we live with the assurance that our Saviour, Jesus, remains with us always. The glory of the Lord shines around us. God’s Word is a lamp unto our feet. We need not fear the darkness. The World may dwell in darkness but we Christians thrive in the light of our Saviour Jesus. As we traverse the dark days of Lent let us ever focus on the glorious day of Easter.
We praise You, Lord, that the true Light is already shining and that it will never be extinguished. Amen.