I love getting up before the sun and watching it as it rises and brings with it the warmth of color that makes the view come alive. I have been blessed in every home I have ever lived in (remarkable!) to be able to see the sun rise over something scenic. Actually, I don’t remember being interested in the sunrise in the first two houses I lived in, but starting in first grade, in Oxford Alabama, I could see the sun rise over Boozerville lake just to the South of the Ramada Inn. There were often herons and red – winged blackbirds stitching their way through those sunrises.
The next house I lived in from 5th grade until 10th, had a hilltop and another house due East so sunrise came a while after daylight. I missed the early hues and subtle changes of the sunrise there, but that place carried with it the greatest variety of fragrance and bird song I think I have ever known. Think of the Christy movies and you will have a clue what I experienced every morning, After I grew up, I saw heart-rending sunrises from several locations in Northeast Alabama, all made more poignant and memorable by the enormous variety of animals and flowering plants that join the wake up spectacle.
My husband and I later explored Southeast Alaska. Some of the most sparkling and majestic sunrises are there. In Ketchikan and on Prince of Wales Island, there is so much rain and so many mornings are veiled in it that when there is a clear morning, everything is so splendidly clean and crisp, perhaps with a mist or fog interwoven that the sunrises you do see are so mind gripping, I cannot forget them. It doesn’t hurt that there is usually a waterfront and occasionally sea mammal play involved.
All across the United states, I have studied the way the Lord paints the mornings and evening. I particularly remember watching a glorious sunrise from my friend’s house through a window screen. With my nose pressed to the screen, the scene was “pixelated” before digital photography existed. I just love the glory of sunrise. I admire the expression of my Heavenly Father on the canvas of His creation. Of course, I can’t ignore the obvious analogy between the sun rise and the SON rise.
As glorious as the sunrise is, the rising up from the grave of the SON OF GOD was the one time event by which all time and space are tuned. About 2000 years ago, the only begotten Son of God laid down his life and poured out his blood to wash away the sins of all who would believe on him. This was prophesied throughout the old testament and fulfilled to the letter. At this time the host of Hell rejoiced at their supposed victory and a spiritually dark night shadowed humanity. BUT! As the darkest time in the natural world is before the sun breaks the Eastern horizon, also the darkest time for all creation was the time before the LIVING Son of God broke the chains of death and arose from his borrowed tomb to walk again with men on the Earth before taking his place seated at the right hand of his Father in Heaven.
The Light of the World had dawned on a lost and dying humanity! The SONrise that mankind had yearned for had come! Come and bask in the saving grace of the Lord Jesus Christ! Everyone who confesses their sin and accepts the atoning blood of The Lord Jesus Christ will be saved from eternity in Hell! Thank you, Heavenly Father for the SONrise and for the many sunrises we have had to remind us of the glorious resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
God bless you.