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Advent Readings: Day 12

For this Advent season we offer you a Bible reading for each day which points to the first coming of the Lord Jesus at Christmas and his return in glory!

Isaiah 60:1 - 6, 19

1“Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.
2See, darkness covers the earth
and thick darkness is over the peoples,
but the Lord rises upon you
and his glory appears over you.
3Nations will come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
4“Lift up your eyes and look about you:
All assemble and come to you;
your sons come from afar,
and your daughters are carried on the hip.
5Then you will look and be radiant,
your heart will throb and swell with joy;
the wealth on the seas will be brought to you,
to you the riches of the nations will come.
6Herds of camels will cover your land,
young camels of Midian and Ephah.
And all from Sheba will come,
bearing gold and incense
and proclaiming the praise of the Lord...

19The sun will no more be your light by day,
nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you,
for the Lord will be your everlasting light,
and your God will be your glory.

A few comments

The sun is 27 million degrees Celsius in its core. Its ‘cooler’ outer surface is still 9 million degrees hot. 9 million!
It transmits to earth more energy in one hour than we 7 billion humans manage to produce and consume in an entire year. And yet verse 19 tells us that the radiant brilliance that shines out of God is so dazzling that there will be no need for a sun in the new creation.

The birth of Jesus was signalled by the bright shining of a star on a dark night. Jesus himself then declared in John 8:12 ‘I am the light of the world.’ In the darkness and confusion of our ignorance about God, Jesus is all the light we need.

Point for Prayer

Confess our ignorance about God and how foolish our ideas are; praise God for revealing himself to us in Jesus Christ.