Sunday, April 12
For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you. Isaiah 60:2
Man in spiritual darkness is in misery.
‘Darkness over the earth’ is a synonym for universal sin, universal misery. Universal sin is everyman’s woe – a dark tomb.
But God who is light sends his glorious light – Jesus – to all and over all.
God’s ‘glorious light’ is a synonym for God’s salvation.
Simeon, holding the child Jesus in his arms says, in Luke’s Gospel: “My eyes have seen your salvation, your light and your glory.”
So the light – Jesus – rises from the dark tomb. AND we too shall rise to immortality, if we choose to look up, for whosoever will may come.
So the light – Jesus – becomes everyone’s heart throb. And the heart of everyone who seeks him is swollen with joy, and every face shines and becomes radiant with hope which rests eternal in the human breast. This is the gift of Easter!
O Jesus, the hope of all who seek thee, the Joy of all who find, free us from earth’s darkness, and bring us at last to heaven’s light – the glory of this Easter Day! Amen.