Isaiah 60:1-6 foretells the future glory coming to Jerusalem. A light will attract kings and cause caravans of camels to converge on the city.
“Arise, Jerusalem! Let your light shine for all to see.
For the glory of the Lord rises to shine on you.
Darkness as black as night covers all the nations of the earth,
but the glory of the Lord rises and appears over you.
All nations will come to your light;
mighty kings will come to see your radiance.
“Look and see, for everyone is coming home!
Your sons are coming from distant lands;
your little daughters will be carried home.
Your eyes will shine,
and your heart will thrill with joy,
for merchants from around the world will come to you.
They will bring you the wealth of many lands.
Vast caravans of camels will converge on you,
the camels of Midian and Ephah.
The people of Sheba will bring gold and frankincense
and will come worshiping the Lord.” (NLT)
I love the image of coming home in verse four. A bright and beautiful scene unfolds as Isaiah tells of the radiance of the Messiah. Camels and caravans came to see the Christ child, and His light continues to bring God’s children home.
Light is essential for life. It was the first thing God placed in His world. Christ’s precious love leads me home when I relax and follow His lead. When I think of His love, my heart thrills with joy. In a world determined to distract, the constant and true light of Christ’s love is a beautiful beacon designed to unite. Christ came so we could be one with Him and each other as He is one with His Father.
Christ’s body is broken into sharp fragments, but I suppose it’s human nature to want to control light, even His. It’s comforting to know that God keeps His Light shining brightly to help me find my way home.
This sunrise on Topsail Island reminds me of Christ’s Light. I see a cross in that sunrise, and I think Isaiah might see it too.