Christmas Lights (Isaiah 60:1-6)Rene' Lawson, January 6, 2019
Part of the Sunday Sermons series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
After the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians, the people of Judah needed to hear Good News. In today’s reading, we discover that the darkness of destruction doesn’t last forever . . . . God’s light prevails over whatever darkness may be in the world. As we start the season of Epiphany, we remember the power of God’s light in Christ. We remember how God has been good to us.
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1Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. 2For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. 3And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. 4Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. 5Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee. 6The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; all they from Sheba shall come: they shall bring gold and incense; and they shall shew forth the praises of the LORD. (KJV)