Monday, March 23, 2015

"Sunrise, Sunset"

    The Scriptures declare that "the invisible things of  Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood that the things which are made" (Romans 1:20).  How "clearly" is the message actually communicated?

   "The mighty God, even the Lord, hath spoken, hath called the earth from the rising of the sun to the going down thereof" (Psalm 50:1).

    At the beginning of every day, the physical light of the world rises.  Just before nightfall, that same light sets.  Thus, day by day, the sky beautifully depicts the death and resurrection of the Light of the world, the Lord Jesus Christ, and His saving grace. Moreover, in the language considered by most scholars as the most influential in the world, English, the words "sun" and "Son" even sound exactly the same.  The message couldn't be clearer, leaving all "without excuse" (Romans 1:20).  

    Frances and I thought of this several days ago while witnessing a beautiful sunset.  Accompanied by gloriously hued clouds, the descending star thrilled us with an artistic display in the sky no other gallery could equal.  Far more, however, the thought of what the setting sun typified reminded us of the beauty of the heart of God.  "God commendeth His love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8).  Every day of our lives, the glory of this love displays its wonder as our Lord seeks to draw our hearts into His own by communicating the extent to which He went for our redemption.

    Over the years, Frances and I have also witnessed many beautiful sunrises while kayaking.  We can honestly confess that not one of those glorious displays have failed to remind us that the Lord Jesus is risen from the dead.  The rising sun proclaims the risen Son!  Again, the message could not be clearer as day by day the Voice of God sounds and resounds the Gospel in creation, confirming and beautifully illustrating the Gospel in Scripture.

    The first light of every days sings to our hearts of a living Savior who fills us with His vibrancy and vitality when we believe.  The last light of every day proclaims the sorrow, agony, forsakenness, and death of His sacrifice for us.  The Psalmist concludes our consideration with his recommendation that we look to the light of heaven for it revelation of the greater Light of Heaven…

"The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament shouted His handiwork.  Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night showeth knowledge.  There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard.  Their line is gone throughout all the earth."
(Psalm 19:1-4).

Weekly Memory Verse
    Who can understand his errors?  Cleanse thou me from secret faults.
(Psalm 19:12)

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