Intern Matthew Pillman

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
As I dug back into my Christmas favorites this year, one song will not leave my mind. It is the song While You Were Sleeping by the band Casting Crowns. Consider these lyrics:
United States of America
Looks like another silent night
As we’re sung to sleep by philosophies
That save the trees and kill the children
And while we’re lying in the dark
There’s a shout heard ‘cross the eastern sky
For the Bridegroom has returned
And has carried His bride away in the night
America, what will we miss while we are sleeping
Will Jesus come again
And leave us slumbering where we lay
America, will we go down in history
As a nation with no room for its King
Will we be sleeping
About 2,700 years ago Isaiah wrote to the people of Israel. They were in a season of warfare and unrest. Isaiah encouraged Israel to “arise” – to wake up from their sleepiness and see the great thing that the Lord would do. God’s glory would be seen among the nations.
2,000 years ago, Jesus arrived in a sleepy town of Bethlehem. It was a dark time for Israel. Rome ruled the land. Religion had grown cold. Discouragement was rampant. Now the King of the Jews had arrived, but many didn’t have a clue. Light had come, but Bethlehem slept.
Today we wait with eager anticipation for Jesus to return. Once again it feels like a time of darkness. Politics bring division. Truth is in question. Culture is increasingly secular. But light is on the horizon. Our King is coming!
In the Word,
Matthew