Thursday, July 31, 2008

A Royal Diadem

July 31: Isaiah 59-63

1 Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.

19 The sun shall be no more
your light by day,
nor for brightness shall the moon
give you light;
but the Lord will be your everlasting light,
and your God will be your glory.
20 Your sun shall no more go down,
nor your moon withdraw itself;
for the Lord will be your everlasting light,
and your days of mourning shall be ended.
Isaiah 60:1 & 19-20

1 For Zion's sake I will not keep silent,
and for Jerusalem's sake I will not be quiet,
until her righteousness goes forth as brightness,
and her salvation as a burning torch.
2 The nations shall see your righteousness,
and all the kings your glory,
and you shall be called by a new name
that the mouth of the Lord will give.
3 You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord,
and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
Isaiah 62:1-3

A Royal Diadem

The dictionary tells us that a diadem is something that adorns, like a crown. Imagine that, we will be a royal diadem in the hand of God!

The book of Isaiah is filled with warnings against sin, but it also speaks of the glories to come when we will be with Christ forever! In our passage today, Christ is described as our light!

Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you
.


We often equate sin with darkness; many people are afraid of the dark, but do you know of anyone who is afraid of the light?

When Christ returns, He will be our light; we will have no more need of the sun to light the day nor the moon to light the night. It is hard to imagine, is it not?

But, Christ is also our Light right now; only in Him do we have knowledge of the light of salvation and righteousness that leads us away from the paths of darkness which only lead to sin and death. I think this is perhaps what Isaiah is speaking of in Isaiah 62.

For Zion's sake I will not keep silent,
and for Jerusalem's sake I will not be quiet,
until her righteousness goes forth as brightness,
and her salvation as a burning torch
.


How brightly does your light shine for the Lord Jesus Christ? How does your life light the way of truth to those around you so that they see Jesus, rather than you, reflected in that light? These are serious questions that are good to ponder.

That brings us right back to where we started--we are a royal diadem for the Lord! As our light shines in the darkness around us, and we reflect the righteousness of Christ, we are part of the His adornment.

Go forth today, and shine your light for Christ!

God Bless You,
Linda

All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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