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 (English Standard Version)
Today is Easter Sunday, or Resurrection Sunday. This is the day we celebrate Jesus’ rising from the dead. If you read the Gospel Resurrection Narratives, you see that is was early in the a.m. that Jesus rose from the dead. However, for my Scripture text I wanted to go “ol’ school” and use the words of the prophet Isaiah.
Although the above text originally described Israel’s future glory, it aptly describes the Risen Christ-humanity’s present glory. How Jesus’ light has come and the glory of the Lord has risen upon him. How there was darkness on the earth-the darkness of Good Friday during the crucifixion; and the darkness of spirit in those who sent Jesus to his death-including us.
However, the darkness didn’t last forever. God’s glory arose on Jesus, and was seen by his disciples in the days ahead. And even today, people are still coming to the light of Jesus.
May the glory of God shine on us through His/Her Christ this Easter Day, and in all the days of our lives!
Grace and Peace and a Blessed Easter!
Image of the Sun rising over the Earth (courtesy of wakeupworld.com)