Through my window, I watch the sun’s red glow rise over the trees. We call it day break, when the morning rays burst through the dark of night. Sunrise pushes against the night, and night cannot hold it back.
God said, “Let there be light,” and brightness exploded suddenly into the blackness over the surface of the earth.
Light broke through when the Creator spoke it, His words full of power.
“The evening and the morning were the first day.” In Jewish culture, a new day begins at evening. It starts with night and moves into daybreak and a new morning.
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. — Isaiah 9:2
Isaiah prophesied the coming Messiah, and Matthew proclaimed it fulfilled in Jesus.
The long dark night was about to be broken open by the Morning Star. And hope rises.
I have endured my seasons of nighttime gloom, wondering how long, and when will the day come. I longed for the light when my world would appear brighter, when I could see more clearly, when clouds of darkness would part and the rays of the sun would shine warm.
Weeping endures for the night, but joy comes in the morning. We watch for, we hope for, we pray for the light of day.
Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. — Isaiah 60:1
Hope rises at the first sign of dawn, and Jesus, the Light of the world, is a darkness breaker.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, — Isaiah 61:1
It is for this He came, to release us from the dank, shadowed depression of our prison cells, to open the doors wide and invite us into the presence of the Holy God where glory shines brighter than a thousand days. And with Him there is no night.