This chapter is like a great shout of “Hallelujah! Emmanuel has come to us!” The Light has dawned. Jerusalem Above in all her glory is unveiled in that light. Read John 1:4,5.
Here we continue to read of the Lord’s promises to His people.
We can see the importance of these promises to the Jewish people, particularly during and after their captivity in Babylon.
Promises for the health and benefit of their children, for the increase of the city/nation above other nations, that other nations would be drawn to them.
For us, God’s people now – We see this a little deeper, but only because of Jesus.
Because GOD IS LIGHT.
We see this throughout the passage.
“For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the people;” … What then?” BUT.
“… But the LORD will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you.”
John says in his first letter, these wonderful words of truth, “This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.”
John knew his scripture! He knew what Isaiah was speaking about, and He linked it tightly with Jesus!
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.”
Here is Isaiah we see the effect of God’s light shining through us, the effect of us WALKING IN THE LIGHT.
“The sons of those who afflicted you shall come bending low to you, and all who despised you shall bow down at your feet; they shall call you the City of the LORD, the Zion of the Holy One of Israel.”
And we see John continue this theme (the Lord continuing His word through John) in Revelation, where Isaiah’s words in v20 are echoed.
This truth appears in Rev ch21 v23-24, and in ch22 v5. For God’s city, for God’s people – He is our light!
“For the glory [And check v2 of Isaiah 60, God’s GLORY] of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. By its [the city] light will the nations walk …”
How good is our God! He gives us light! (just think about what that means, what darkness means, what it means that we can walk, even just in a temporal aspect)
* Dear Lord God, Father in heaven, GOD OF LIGHT,
Thank You for bringing us from darkness into light. Thank You that we have the promise of a future hope, in glory, where You will be our complete light, no sun or moon.
May we walk in the light, as You are in the light.
May we have fellowship with one another.