Ever watch a sunrise?

What is your response to a sunrise? Do you feel awe, hope, peace, joy? Does it bring a promise that you can’t quite identify? Does it touch something inside that is dormant, but eagerly waiting to be awakened?

My guess is that you answered yes to at least one of these questions. Do you wonder why the sunrise is such a powerful event to each of us? It does happen every day after all. It has occurred every morning since time began. Somehow, though, it always seems new…

The more I learn about our God through His word (the Bible) and his work in our lives through His Holy Spirit, the more I understand that this story we are living has just one central character: Jesus, the Son.

In Luke 1, Zechariah prophesies about his soon-to-be-born son, John (the Baptist). John would prepare the way for Jesus. In looking through his son, John, toward our redeemer, Jesus, he sings (Luke 1:76-79 NIV):

And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High;
    for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him,
to give his people the knowledge of salvation
    through the forgiveness of their sins,
because of the tender mercy of our God,
    by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven
to shine on those living in darkness
    and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the path of peace.

I highlighted the “rising sun” description of Jesus. Other translations use: dayspring, morning light, sunrise, dawn, daybreak. My interpretation of this language is this: our visceral (instinctual, emotional) response to the sunrise is in our very nature. It is no accident. It is a manifestation of our basic need to be connected to our creator.

Praise God that he gives us a daily reminder of our need for His Son. Praise God that He organized the universe to repeatedly call us to worship the Lamb. Praise God that we wake each and every day to an invitation to embrace the one and only true Savior.

Have you accepted His invitation? I pray that you have. If not, there is another coming on the horizon. I’m sure of it!



About Tony Schmitz

Tony Schmitz received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University in 1993, his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1996, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1999. He is a mechanical engineering professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
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One Response to Ever watch a sunrise?

  1. fbealer says:

    Love these thoughts! The reference to ‘rising son’ in Luke is really insightful.


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