Arise, shine; for your light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen on you.…
I. To God's own people this is my first message, REMEMBER YOUR PRIVILEGE. Your light has come.
1. Recollect out of what darkness that light has delivered you.
2. This light, which God has given you, is His own glory. "And the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee." Byron speaks of God S face being mirrored in the sea; but there is not space enough for the face of Deity to be fully reflected in the broad Atlantic, or in all the oceans put together. The image of God is to be fully seen in Jesus Christ, and nowhere else; for there you behold attributes which Creation cannot display.
3. There is also this blessed thing to be said about this light; you will never lose it (ver. 20).
II. I WANT TO ROUSE YOU TO SERVICE. "Arise, shine; for, etc. Since your light has come, shine" —
1. By holy cheerfulness.
2. By a gracious godliness.
3. By zealous earnestness.
4. By a secret bravery.
III. I WANT TO RALLY YOU TO THIS SHINING BY ONE OR TWO ARGUMENTS.
1. By the world's great need (ver. 2).
2. Because of the great results that will surely come of it (ver. 3).
3. Because of the great blessing it will bring to the Church (ver. 13, etc.).
4. "That I may be glorified" (ver. 21).
( C. H. Spurgeon.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.