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Dayspring

December 15, 2013

“Jesus Heals the Blind and Lame on the Mountain” by James Tissot, Source Brooklyn Museum (PD-ArtlPD-Age-100)

“…[T]he Dayspring from on high has visited us; to give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace” (Luke 1: 78-79).

The prophet, Isaiah, spoke of the Messiah as opening the eyes of the blind, and bringing the prisoners from darkness out into the light (Is. 42: 7).  Jesus healed the blind (John 9: 6-7), intentionally referring to Himself as the light of the world (John 9: 5).  The apostle, John, pointed out that no one since the beginning of the world had restored sight to those born blind (John 9: 32).

You may remember that John the Baptist, before he was beheaded, asked of Jesus from prison:

“ ‘Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?’ ” (Matt. 11: 3).

In response, Jesus directed the Baptist’s disciples:

“ ‘Go and tell John the things which you hear and see:  The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them’ ” (Matt. 11: 4-5).

The Baptist would have understood that these were signs associated with the Messiah, and drawn comfort from them.  Having immersed Jesus in the Jordan, John was never in any real doubt.

The Dayspring from on high had visited. The Dawn all mankind awaited had arrived.

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