Christmas Sermon Series: Arise, Shine, For Your Light Has Come!
Sermon Title: Arise, Shine!
There will be a day when the people of God will be lit up with the glory of God in a way that the entire world is drawn to.
We all have our “rise and shine” moments when God gives us a wake-up call during a time of drift. In today’s passage, the prophet Isaiah delivers to a struggling people a message from God to “Arise, shine” (v. 1), for the Mighty Warrior is coming to defeat His enemies and to rescue His people. You are to arise and shine because...
Point 1: The Glory of the Lord has Risen upon You (v. 1)
Our society suffers from an internal darkness borne from iniquity (Is. 59:2) that separates us from God, leaving mankind hopeless (Is. 59:1-11). The sole remedy is the glory of the Lord that has risen upon us (v. 1). Through Christ alone we are transformed as we behold God’s glory (2 Cor. 3:18). Our hearts recognize the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 4:6).
Point 2: His Glory will be Seen upon You (v. 2)
God’s light is like the sun, and we are like the moon. As the moon, we reflect His glory (v. 2), displaying it to the nations (v. 3). The light of the gospel reveals itself in the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23), in our steadfastness of heart during difficult times (2 Cor 4:16), and in our walk as children of the light (Eph. 5:13-15). Rather than a command, to arise and shine functions as a promise. Like Moses, we do not realize that our faces shine because of God’s glory in Christ (Ex. 34:29-35)!
Point 3: God will Make You Majestic Forever (v. 15)
Although forsaken and hated, God’s people are assured that He will make them majestic forever (v. 15). From the ends of the earth God will draw all nations to come worship (v. 4-6, 10-11). So our labors for His kingdom are not in vain. In addition, enemies of God who refuse to worship Him will be judged (v. 12). Lastly, will will enjoy His glorious presence (v. 19-22), the final outcome of our faith.
Our Christmas sermon series, which began today, focuses on the “end” of Christmas--the certain hope for our future in God’s glorious presence. God, who sees the past, present, and future simultaneously, communicates to us from His position in eternity. He calls us to remember past events and to lay hold of future promises. In doing so, our present is informed and empowered. In celebrating communion today, we proclaim the finished work of the Suffering Servant on the cross as well as look forward to the feast of all feasts with our Warrior King.