GOD HIMSELF will be our LIGHT and our GLORY one DAY
August 4 Bible Reading: Isaiah Chapters 58-60
"The sun shall no longer be your light by day, nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you; but the Lord will be to you an everlasting light, and your God your glory. Your sun shall no longer go down, nor shall your moon withdraw itself; for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and the days of your mourning shall be ended" (Isaiah 60:19-20)
As Prophet Isaiah looked ahead to the future when the eternal city of New Jerusalem will house the redeemed people of God, the greatest thing that impressed him was that God Himself will be both their light (vv. 1, 19, 20) and their glory (vv. 1, 2, 7, 9, 13, 19, 21). In the New Testament, Apostle John has described this eternal city more clearly in the following verses:
- "The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light. And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it. Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there). And they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it" (Rev. 21:23-26).
- "And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, having the glory of God. Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, clear as crystal" (Rev. 21:10-11).
- "There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever" (Rev. 22:5).
Just as the glory of God filled the Temple in Jerusalem at the inauguration service, the same glory of God filled the one hundred and twenty disciples on the Day of Pentecost when "they were all filled with the Holy Spirit" (Acts 2:4). This was the fulfillment of the following prayer of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane: "And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one" (John 17:22). Let us understand that today God has "called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus" (1 Pet. 5:10), and we are to reflect that ‘glory’ to our dark and sinful world every day.
When Jesus came into this world, He came as the "light of the world" (John 8:12). "In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it" (John 1:4-5). However, the people of this world rejected Jesus since they loved darkness, their deeds being evil and they feared exposure before the “true light” (John 1:9; John 3:19-21). As God’s children, we have become the ‘light of this world’ today just as Jesus has stated: "You are the light of the world...let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven" (Matt. 5:14-16). "For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ" (2 Cor. 4:6).