[60:1] Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.  For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the LORD will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you.  And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. (Isaiah 60:1-3 ESV)
Isaiah is saying, “Stand up and shine!”
-“Cheer up and be expectant!”
-“The display of God’s character will shine on you!”
When Jesus comes He turns darkness into light.
Principle: God’s people reflect God’s light.
-the glory of God shines through His people.
-Do you reflect the light and glory of Jesus?
-Where do you need the glory of God to transform your life?
Isaiah is saying, “Stand up!”
-use God’s word
-know His promises
-live, pouring out His radiance
-His glory turns darkness into light
How does God display His glory through you?
 Lift up your eyes all around, and see; they all gather together, they come to you; your sons shall come from afar, and your daughters shall be carried on the hip.  Then you shall see and be radiant; your heart shall thrill and exult, because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you, the wealth of the nations shall come to you. (Isaiah 60:4-5 ESV)
Look and be radiant as you see God managing all things.
I had to really stop and ponder that …
I spend much of my time managing things AND people in my life. How reassuring to me to remember that God alone manages all things.
My work is to be transformed and radiate the glory of God.
When God transforms us, it shows how great God is!
God’s glorious light showed His people he was WITH them. He is WITH us too!
We have this light in His word.
Jesus is the light of the world.
He works in our hearts.
He is personal.
He reveals Himself to His people.
Some great questions to consider in light of this rich 60th Chapter of Isaiah:
Have we asked God to give us a greater desire for him?
Have we asked Him to take us from focusing on our daily details to focusing on Him?
He does all things well.
Isaiah is telling us to look UP to Him and ask Him for the HOPE and JOY that comes from trusting Him when we cannot see.
God’s people are for the everlasting display of His splendor.
Are we planted and nourished by the Lord Himself?
Do we believe that God can change and transform us?
The presence of the Lord restores and transforms His people for His glory.