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.
And nations shall come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your rising. Isaiah 60:1-3 ESV
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 ESV
People who camp and hike in the wilderness often learn how to use the moon and the stars to guide them. Even when it is very dark, these lights can give them direction and keep them from getting lost. The moon, just like the sun, rises in the east and sets in the west, so it can tell you where east and west are. Also, the bright side of the moon is always facing the sun. If the moon rises before the sun sets, its bright side will face west. After midnight, the brightest side of the moon will face east. If there is a crescent moon, you can draw an imaginary line between the points of the crescent down to the earth, and that will be south if you are in the northern hemisphere. To find north in the northern hemisphere, you can use the North Star, which is between the Big Dipper and Cassiopeia. The end of the Big Dipper’s ladle points to the North Star, and so does the middle of Cassiopeia’s “W.” If you draw an imaginary line from the North Star to the earth, that is north.
The prophet Isaiah talked about a great light that would be the glory of God coming to his people. The world would be in deep darkness, but God’s people Israel would have a wonderful light that would shine on them and draw people from the nations of the world to them. Even kings would come to the light that God would send to his people. God’s glory would guide and lead the people of the world back to himself.
When Jesus came, he made this promise come true. He was God in a human person, and he showed his people the glory of his Heavenly Father. Jesus said that he was the light of the world, and that anyone who followed him wouldn’t stumble around, lost in the darkness, but instead would have his light to guide them. People from all over the world have come to Jesus to be his people, and his light is still shining today. Jesus came to die on the cross so that our sins could be forgiven, and he opened the way for us to come back to our Heavenly Father, now and forever.
Dear Jesus, thank you for being our light and our Savior. Amen.