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16th MESSIANIC SYMBOL for the Advent Season: Sun

December 15, 2009

DECEMBER 16: Malachi 4:2a

But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings (NIV).

During winter in the northern hemisphere, the days are short and the nights are long. We look forward to the morning sunrise that chases away the darkness. Even if the day is cloudy so that we cannot actually see the sun, it still brings daylight. Every night when the sun goes down, we know that it will rise again the next day. That was a promise that God made to Noah after the flood: “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease” (Genesis 8:22).

Each sunrise reminds us that God faithfully keeps His promises. In this verse from Malachi the sunrise that brings light to the earth is Jesus, the Sun of righteousness. Jesus, the Son of God, is also the Sun of righteousness. In talking about Jesus, Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, said, “the rising sun will come to us from heaven” (Luke 1:78). Like the sun, Jesus brings light to a dark world.

Righteousness means doing the right thing. Jesus is the only person who ever did that. Because He lived a perfect life, He gives His righteousness to anyone who asks.

Jesus also brings healing, forgiving our sin he makes us spiritually healthy. He also has the power to heal our physical sicknesses. When He lived on this earth, He made many sick people well. Jesus still makes sick persons well today.

When spring comes, the sun will bring new life to flowers, grass, and trees. But we do not need to wait until spring (or any other time) to ask Jesus for the life He brings. Jesus will give His righteousness to anyone who asks Him to forgive their sins.

Hark! The herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King;
Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!”
Joyful, all ye nations rise,
Join the triumph in the skies;
With th’angelic host proclaim,
“Christ is born in Bethlehem!”

Hark! The herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King;

Hail the heav’nly Prince of Peace!
Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
Ris’n with healing in His wings.
Mild He lays His glory by,
Born that man no more may die.
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth.

Charles Wesley (1707-1788)

Thank God that Jesus, the Sun of righteousness, provides us with His righteousness and His life. Thank God that we can go to Jesus for healing.

Ask God to increase our righteousness so that we can reflect the brightness of Jesus’ righteousness to those around us.

Christ is Himself the joy of all,
The Sun that warms and lights us;
By His grace He doth impart
Eternal sunshine to the heart;
The night of sin is ended! Alleluia!

Martin Luther (1483-1546)