But to you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and you shall go forth…
I. THE SUN. Of all the things the eye can see the most Christlike is the sun, for he is quite alone in our world. Nor rival, nor helper, nor partner has he. We have many stars, but only one sun. All light is in and from the sun. Yet even this glorious image of the light of the world fails in some ways; for the sun has its dark spots, but in Christ, our sun, is no darkness at all. The sun is the centre of all the worlds. Every star is held in its place by the attractive power of the sun. The sun is the grand river in this world. Our thoughts wax warm as we sum up all the benefits with which he fills our earth. You cannot overstate them. Science is every year finding fresh wonders in sunlight. All kinds of force come from the sun. As the sun gives according to a never-changing law, so Christ blesses only in a righteous way.
II. THE SUN-RISING. Sunrise is probably the grandest sight in the world. In the East it is so magnificent as almost for the moment to make one a Parsee, a worshipper of the rising sun. Malachi was in the twilight, and you are in the daylight. To him the sun was beneath the horizon, sure harbinger of the wished for day. You live in the Gospel-day.
III. THE BLESSINGS CHRIST BRINGS TO MEN. As the sun destroys only darkness and its hateful brood, so Christ destroys only our miseries, and brings us all blessings.
1. Healing. The Easterns often carved a winged sun above the gateways of their temples. Malachi has a poet's quick eye for the glories of nature, and perhaps this also was in his mind, — the sun rises like a birch, with equal wings wide enough to cover the world. Malachi's meaning is, that as sunlight brings health to a diseased, dying world, so Christ brings health to our diseased, dying souls; and this healing comes to us with all the ease, swiftness, gentleness, and freshness of morning sunshine. This healing brings health, which shows itself in joyous activity. To healing and health Christ adds victory.
(James Wells, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.