It was a thrill to see you all rolling in this evening. I don’t know very many and I don’t know your stories, but can you imagine the thrill of the Lord when He sees you roll in? The Lord knows all your stories and is thrilled to see you!
Malachi 4:2, “Unto you that fear My name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in His wings…” The Sun of righteousness is Jesus. We come in from the cold of this world to the warmth of the love of God. When we are cold, sometimes we feel numb, our walk is affected and our joints bother us. The sun thaws us, calms us, stills us and seems to make time slow down. Jaundiced children are put under sunlamps to heal. People in cold climates go to where the sun is warm. It’s good to be in the sunlight. We look for the sun every day. We look for it in eternity. And for those who fear the Lord and reverence Him, the Sun of righteousness will arise with healing in his wings. We look to Jesus who has healing in His wings. We are waiting for Jesus to shine on us.
Mark 6:29, John the Baptist had been beheaded “and when the disciples heard of it, they came and took up his corpse, and laid it in a tomb." Verse 30, “And the apostles gathered themselves together unto Jesus, and told Him all things, both what they had done, and what they had taught.” This was a cold experience in their lives and they gathered unto Jesus, the Sun of righteousness. They came in from what was so cold and they poured out their hearts to Him.
Verse 31, “And He said unto them, 'Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while,' for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat. The invitation was to come and rest a while under the wings of Jesus, the Sun of righteousness, to rest under the steadiness, the power and influence that would give them courage again.
Verse 32,”And they departed into a desert place by ship privately. Verse 33, “And the people saw them departing, and many knew Him, and ran afoot thither out of all cities, and outwent them, and came together unto Him." Verse 34, “And Jesus, when He came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd. The disciples said, 'Send them away.'” They had no food, but the One who was the Sun said, “Give ye them to eat.” He used what they brought and fed them. Jesus was in need of rest too, but He saw them as a multitude of sheep without a shepherd. Jesus had compassion on those people. It’s easy to be critical of those who are so obviously without a shepherd, but I love the fact that Jesus did not criticize them but had compassion and fed them and taught them many things. As we come to convention, may the “Sun” heal us and warm/thaw us and feed us. Let us soak up the Sun!