There's no better way to start off the New Year than making a commitment to read your Bible every day. That is why I wrote the Daily Bible Study Guide entitled: STRENGTH FOR TODAY. It contains 365 daily readings from the Old Testament and a wealth of insights into spiritual truth. This large book (workbook size) sells for $44.99 on Amazon and in bookstores but you can get one for just $35 plus shipping if you order directly from me. To get your copy, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The book cover is shown in the title to this article.
Here is a sample of the daily devotional readings from the book, the very last one dated December 31st. It is titled: THE SUN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS.
“But to you who fear My name the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings.” (Mal. 4:2)
There are a lot of interesting names and titles for Jesus Christ, and the Old Testament closes with one of them: “the Sun of Righteousness.” As we enter into a new year, we are reminded of the passing of time; that each new day brings the rising of the sun. And for those of us who are Christians, those of us who “fear His name”, we are one day closer to "the Sun of Righteousness rising with healing in His wings". Throughout Scripture, Jesus the “Son” is compared to the “Sun”:
First, He is called the "Light of the world". (John 8:12)
Second, He brings the light of salvation to those who are lost. “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.” (Matt. 4:16)
Third, the nation of Israel, in Rev. 12:1, is depicted as “a woman clothed with the sun.” As a matter of fact, all believers, through salvation, are clothed in the righteousness of Christ. (Rom. 3:22)
Fourth, Jesus’ second coming is stated in these terms: “Until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.” (II Pet. 1:19)
Yes, that is what we are all waiting for—“until the day dawns.” Right now, we are living in a dispensational “nighttime”, and this world is going to get even darker before the dawning of Christ’s kingdom. You have noticed, I’m sure, that this analogy of the “rising of the sun” has a two-fold application. First, there is the spiritual aspect. The day we were saved, we were delivered from darkness into His marvelous light. II Pet. 1:19 talks about the day when the “morning star rises in your hearts.” To be saved is like the dawning of a whole new day.
“For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (II Cor. 4:6)
But there is coming a day when the Sun of Righteousness will arise with healing in His wings, literally. The dawning of a whole new age: the glorious Kingdom of Christ. Oh may that day come soon! The “healing” referred to in this text should not be limited to the mere physical recovery from illness (our glorified bodies), though that is certainly a blessed thought. In a broader sense, we will be delivered (or healed) from the affects of the sin nature—the disease of sin, and this spiritual healing only comes through the suffering of Christ on our behalf. “With His stripes we are healed.” (Isa. 53:5)
When you celebrate the beginning of a new year remember this: we are one day closer to the dawning of the day when the Sun of Righteousness arises! If it is this year, it will truly be a Happy New Year!