Because of the tender mercy of our God, whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. Luke 1:78,79
What beautiful imagery Zechariah portrays concerning the Messiah. He sees him as the sun, heralding in the dawn of a new day filled with hope. A brand-new day was indeed on the horizon, for the Lord himself was coming down to walk among his people, to give light to those who sit in darkness and to remove the fear of death. The God who spoke light into existence, looked down upon a darkened earth and chose the time to send a new light into the world.
The God of mercy, who commanded the morning since the days began, and caused the dawn to know its place, (see Job38), was sending forth the sun of righteousness which would rise with healing in its wings; a sun that would never be eclipsed.
If there is one thing that every person on earth can be absolutely certain of, is that day will always follow night, for the sun will always rise. Darkness can never hold back the dawn and nothing would ever hold back the birth of the Saviour. The light of the world would not only lift us out of the dark but would also lift us from our own distress and guide us back to the God of all peace.
“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.” Isaiah 60:1