Isaiah 60:1 - ARISE AND SHINE!

Isaiah 60:1 (NKJV) Arise, shine; For your 
light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen 
upon you.  

Isaiah 60:1 (AMP) ARISE [from the depression 
and prostration in which circumstances have kept 
you - rise to a new life]! Shine (be radiant 
with the glory of the Lord), for your light has 
come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon 


Arise, shine. Isaiah here proceeds to 
describe a glorious work to be accomplished by 
Israel, on the assumption that a reformation, in 
harmony with ch. 58:6"14, has taken place. 
Chapters 60"62 describe this great work. Such was 
the divine plan for ancient Israel. But as a 
nation they failed in the work of reformation 
within, and God was unable, therefore, to deliver 
them from their enemies without or to make them 
His agents in bringing salvation to the Gentiles 
(see pp. 26"30). Accordingly, the covenant 
privileges and responsibilities were transferred to 
spiritual Israel. Hence, the bright picture of the 
glorious triumph of the gospel outlined in chs. 
60"62 clearly belongs to Gods people today (see 
pp. 35, 36). [SDA Bible Commentary] 

Light. Light was ever a symbol of the divine 
presence (DA 464; see on Gen. 3:24). Christ came to 
earth as the light of life (John 1:4, 5; 3:19; 
8:12; 9:5; 12:35, 36, 46; see on Isa. 9:2). Those 
who received Him and believed on His name (John 
1:9, 12) were, in turn, to let their light shine 
forth in glory to God (see on Matt. 5:14"16; 1 
Peter 2:9). Before the return of Christ the gospel 
message is to be proclaimed with such power that the 
whole earth will be ablaze with the light of truth 
(Rev. 18:1). [SDA Bible Commentary] 

Darkness. Darkness is a symbol of Gods 
absence; light is the symbol of Gods presence. 
[Andrews SB] 


   Today's Scripture reads, "Arise, shine, 
for your light has come, and the glory of the 
Lord rises upon you." These words have a special 
application for those who belong to Jesus. He has come 
into our lives, and He is our light and our 
glory. No matter how dark or perplexing our 
circumstances are, our lives are wrapped in the light and 
favor of God's mighty Son.  
   For some of us who are older or struggle 
with disabilities, it can be hard to get moving 
in the morning. Yes, we rise. But do we shine? 
We may be grateful for a newday, but we may not 
be grateful for the stiff joints and pain. But 
here's the truth: Whatever your situation today, 
the glory of the Lord is upon you, whether you 
feel it or not. His glory rises upon you with 
each new day. Repeat this verse out loud every 
morning: Arise! Shine!  
   Lord Jesus, my light truly has come, and 
You are that radiant, beautiful light. I invite 
You to illuminate my conversations, my thoughts, 
my actions, and even the expression on my face. 
Your mercies toward me today are brand-new, and I 
receive them with open arms and a thankful heart. [A 
Spectacle of Glory by Joni Eareckson Tada and Larry 


The words of Christ through the gospel 
prophet, which are but re-echoed in the Sermon on the 
Mount, are for us in this last generation: 
Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory 
of the Lord is risen upon thee. Isaiah 60:1. 
If upon your spirit the glory of the Lord is 
risen, if you have beheld His beauty who is the 
chiefest among ten thousand and the One 
altogether lovely, if your soul has become radiant 
in the presence of His glory, to you is this 
word from the Master sent. TMB43, 44 

   The religion of Christ means more than 
the forgiveness of sin; it means taking away our 
sins, and filling the vacuum with the graces of 
the Holy Spirit. It means divine illumination, 
rejoicing in God. It means a heart emptied of self, 
and blessed with the abiding presence of Christ. 
When Christ reigns in the soul, there is purity, 
freedom from sin. The glory, the fullness, the 
completeness of the gospel plan is fulfilled in the life. 
The acceptance of the Saviour brings a glow of 
perfect peace, perfect love, perfect assurance. The 
beauty and fragrance of the character of Christ 
revealed in the life testifies that God has indeed 
sent His Son into the world to be its Saviour. 
   Christ does not bid His followers strive 
to shine. He says, Let your light shine. If you 
have received the grace of God, the light is in 
you. Remove the obstructions, and the Lords 
glory will be revealed. The light will shine forth 
to penetrate and dispel the darkness. You 
cannot help shining within the range of your 
   The revelation of His own glory in the 
form of humanity will bring heaven so near to men 
that the beauty adorning the inner temple will be 
seen in every soul in whom the Saviour dwells. 
Men will be captivated by the glory of an 
abiding Christ. And in currents of praise and 
thanksgiving from the many souls thus won to God, glory 
will flow back to the great Giver. COL419-421 


Matthew 5:16 - Lighting Up the Dark.


Ephesians 5:14 - Turn Your Darkness Into 



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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