He is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything He might be preeminent. (Colossians 1:18)
The Only-begotten Son of God is also the firstborn son of Mary (who incidentally was a virgin at the time of His birth) and is the firstborn from the dead! Before the creation song sounded forth, the Son of God was there! As the voice of God hearkened and beckoned forth everything from ants to anteaters, pelicans to petunias, the Word of God rang through the dales. After the proclamation of God’s design was made known to a young girl, the Word of God became flesh and was born into our world. Sinful men could not abide the Words of love they were hearing so they silenced Him. But the Word of God will not be silenced – from the grave once again rang the voice of our Creator. A voice that sings out to this day in His churches!
Word of God, speak! Amen!
“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you” (Isaiah 60:1).
Daily Advent Reading: Isaiah 60:1-3
It’s not yet 5:00 p.m. as I type this, yet is is already quite dark. The days are at their shortest and darkest. The good news is that soon they’ll be getting longer and brighter!
The 12th century Christians who wrote the antiphons that gave rise to the song, “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” penned these words for these last dark days of Advent: “O Dayspring, splendor of light everlasting: Come and enlighten those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.” The Good News on these dark, cold days and every day is that your Light has come! Jesus Christ is the Light of the World, the Light no darkness can overcome!
As human creatures, we depend on sunlight for our health, and as sinful creatures, we depend upon the Son of God to enlighten our spiritual darkness. He does! And you will bask in His brightness forever! (Revelation 21:23)
Lord, may the nations see Your light shining in Your Church today (Is. 60:3). Amen.