76 And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Highest;
For you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways,
77 To give knowledge of salvation to His people By the remission of their sins,
78 Through the tender mercy of our God,
With which the Dayspring from on high has visited us;
79 To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death,
To guide our feet into the way of peace.
New King James Version
And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High;
for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him,
to give his people the knowledge of salvation
through the forgiveness of their sins,
because of the tender mercy of our God,
by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven
to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the path of peace.
New International Version
It blessed us to attend two Christmas Concerts yesterday at two different Christian Schools were our grandchildren attend.
They entitled one Program “Messiah” and the other, “Jesus, Name above All Names.”
What a joy to see the children’s faces glowing as they poured out their hearts in song and praise to our Lord Jesus!
We attended one concert in the morning and the Bible Verses I posted above were on the Program.
The principal explained how our “Dayspring” from heaven has visited us through the tender mercy of God.
Some Bible versions take out the word “Dayspring” and that is sad. Our Lord is our Dayspring! He is our light, and He brings the beginning of a new day, a new era, or a new order of things.
What a glorious name of Jesus to focus on. As Isaiah earlier proclaimed, Light has come into the world!
He turns our darkness into day. Christ brings the beginning of a new day in our lives when old is gone and new has come!
They have named Churches and Christian Card companies after our beautiful Dayspring from on high! How very fitting.
This Scripture from Luke 1:76-79 is from Zechariah’s prophecy telling of his son John the Baptist being the forerunner to Christ.
The words are deeply meaningful and remind us of the tender mercies of our God.
Our Dayspring will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death.
That is all of us before Christ came to redeem us and save us from our sin!
We would still flounder around trying to find our way out of the heavy darkness but for the Dayspring bringing light into our dark hearts.
I read this morning of someone wanting to know what was “open” on Christmas Day so she and her daughter would have something to do.
Faithful Churches have their doors wide open on Christmas day and all are welcome.
No one needs to be alone searching for meaning in the darkness, especially not on Christmas Day. But the light of Christ shines brightly in the hearts of those redeemed for three hundred and sixty-five days of the year! The invitation from Christ is for anyone who will believe.
Then He will guide our feet into the path of peace.