Embrace the ‘dayspring from on high’ at Christmas

Dec. 07, 2012 @ 09:45 PM


Lighthouses have always been a source of admiration to me. I guess it must be the Navy sailor in me. Lighthouses have been the focal point of many beautiful paintings and music. The late Thomas Kinkade painted perhaps some of the most beautiful seascapes and lighthouses that this pastor has ever seen. Southern Gospel singer/songwriter Ronnie Hinson wrote the beautiful song, “The Lighthouse,” a song that I recently had the honor of singing at the funeral of a dear sister in Christ.

Years ago the lighthouse was used to guide the ships passing in the night away from the rocks and reefs that could bring their certain destruction. Today, our ships are more technologically advanced with radar so that the lighthouse has become obsolete, a relic of the past.

Without the lighthouse — the radar — the ‘light’ to guide the ships path through the night, fog or storms … the seas would be littered with the debris of multitudes of sea vessels. Just as the ship has need of a source of guidance to protect it from disaster, the human race has the need for guidance and protection from certain danger through the trials and tribulations of life.

God’s word provides us with his source: “Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us, To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace” (Luke 1:78,79)

This ‘dayspring from on high’ was a term used to describe the rising of the sun. Zacharias was telling his hearers of a new day, a spiritual dawn that would transform the darkness of men’s hearts. The transformation would become a lighthouse to their lives. Christ’s coming to the world brought light to those in darkness just as the rising sun ends the night.

We need to see the redeeming light. Enlightenment through religion, philosophy, man’s wisdom and worldly ways will never illuminate the soul to redemption! Jesus alone brings that spiritual light to guide us out of the realm of darkness.

We need the light of spiritual understanding. Only through Christ are the eyes of our understanding enlightened. Paul writes: “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as I am known.” (I Cor. 13:12)

We need the light of that new relationship in Christ. No longer are we tossed to and fro like the raging waves. “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2 Corinthians 4:6)

Let Jesus, the light of the world, and the lighthouse to those in storms, shine bright for you this Christmas.