There is nothing more spectacular than watching the sun rise from the window of an airplane. As the sun begins its ascent in the eastern sky, the darkness of night silently flees away. A new day dawns. The beauty of the earth is revealed in greater degrees of glory as the sun rises in all its fullness. The world awakes and rises with the sun.
We, as God’s children, have also been called to awaken and rise up into the newness of life which is ours through faith in Christ. God calls us to arise from the darkness of our old sin nature. Like Lazarus, we have been raised from the dead. But we must choose to be unbound from the rotten grave clothes of our old nature. The deeds of our sinful flesh nature have been crucified with Christ. The old has gone, the new has come! The light of the glory of the gospel has shined in our hearts and been revealed to us in the face of Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 4:6).
It is time to be clothed in the radiance of our Savior’s holy character. Grave clothes must be exchanged for robes of righteousness — the dazzling purity of tender-hearted pity, mercy, kindness, patience, humility and love.
Will you come near to Christ today?
Will you let Him adorn you in the beauty of His holiness?
A new day has dawned. It is time for the night shadows of lingering sin to flee away in the presence of Christ.
“Arise from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you – rise to a new life! Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come and the glory of The Lord has risen upon you!” Isaiah 60:1