365 Prophecies: Prophecy 53
The Messiah will be called “The Light of the Morning…”
Old Testament Prediction:
2 Samuel 23:4 “And he shall be like the light of the morning when the sun rises…”
New Testament Fulfillment:
Matthew 4:16 “The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, And upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death, Light has dawned.”
Luke 2:27-32 So he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law, he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said: “Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, According to Your word; For my eyes have seen Your salvation Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples, A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles,mAnd the glory of Your people Israel.”
John 3:19 “And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.”
John 8:12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
John 9:5 “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
The interesting thing about darkness is that no matter how black and thick it might be, the moment that light enters, all darkness flees.
The definition of “darkness” in the Bible is the presence of sin. Righteousness is seen as Light. Jesus came not as one of the lights of the world but as the only true light which forever takes away the darkness.
The prophecy of 2 Samuel 23:4 is that when the Messiah comes, He will be like the light of the morning when the sun rises. Today, I began writing the application for this prophecy at about 6 A.M. Just as I typed the words: “like the light of the morning,” the morning sun began to glow through the shades of the window, directly in front of me. Suddenly this light filled the room, displaced the darkness, and changed the entire atmosphere of everything around me. This was the purpose of Jesus’ coming into the world—to bring light to our lives and change the entire atmosphere of everything around us.
Very often a person does not realize just how much darkness there is in his life, until he brings Jesus into his heart. Darkness has a way of deceiving us and making us numb to its presence. From the moment that I prayed a simple prayer 36 years ago: “Dear Lord Jesus, please forgive all my sins and come into my heart…,” this light has continually flooded my heart and dispelled all of the darkness which had robbed me of inner peace and lasting joy. This experience of light and life has happened to billions of other people over the course of history, and it continues to this very day.
The Gospel of John records an event where a man, blind from birth, is seen by Jesus. It is commonly thought today, as it was then, that adversity such as illness or blindness has been caused by sin in a person’s life. The disciples asked the question: “Who sinned, this man or his parents?” Then Jesus reveals that it was not the fault of either his parents nor himself. His blindness was the result of being born into a fallen world. Then Jesus spit on the ground and made a mixture of wet mud and placed it on the eyes of the blind man. He was instructed to go to the pool of Siloam and wash his eyes. At that moment, he could see for the first time in his life. Jesus said that this was the purpose for which He had come into the world—that those who live in darkness could see because of His light.
John 9:1-5 Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
The meaning of Light is therefore within the context of sin and the darkness that it causes us spiritually. This darkness effects every other part of our life and robs us of life and true liberty. In this darkness, we are all under the slavery of sin, constantly stuck in the muck and mire of a life dominated by our addiction to sin and all that it promises us. The reality of sin is that its assurance of fun and excitement are all lies. In the end, those who fully give themselves to the pleasure of sin find that they are empty and miserable.
When a person hears the good news that Jesus has died to set us free from the darkness of a life dominated by sin and he responds, spiritual light floods his heart and mind and he can truly see for the first time. All of us are born spiritually blind, just as this poor man sitting by the road. Jesus came to open our eyes so that we can see a dimension of truth which was formerly unknown to us. The choice to receive this light is ours. He will not force us to see, and He will not take away the darkness unless we ask Him to.
One of the names of the Messiah is: The light of the morning. This prophecy was made in 2 Samuel 23:4 and fulfilled by Jesus Christ in the New Testament.