1 06 2013

In the Bible, names often had significance. When a name for God is mentioned it always has significance, it reveals His character. If we praise His name, we are actually praising different aspects of who He is. In Luke 1:78 Jesus is revealed as the “Dayspring”.
In context, Zacharias is giving the job description of his son who will come to be known as John the Baptist. John would prepare the way for the “Dayspring” to come. Although Zacharias did not know the name “Jesus”, he was moved by the Holy Spirit to call Him “Dayspring”. The reason for such a name comes in the next verse, “To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace”.
The word is used 10 times in the New Testament, nine of which are translated as “east”, the direction of the sun rising. It literally means “a rising up”. When speaking of the day it could be referring to the sunrise, the dawn, even “the spring of the day”. Dayspring describes one who is . . .
1. Available to all
As the Dayspring, Jesus is available to all. Matthew 5:45 tells us that the Father makes His sun to rise on the evil and on the good. No matter how bad this world gets or how dark the human heart becomes, the Dayspring is available to all who call upon Him. He was faithful as the sunrise.
2. Gradual in its rising
God’s normal way of working is gradual, not sudden, the sun rises gradually, spring comes gradually, healing often comes gradually, and babies grow gradually. When you call upon Jesus and accept Him as your Savior “from the darkness of your own heart (called sin), He will gradually shape your heart. If you trust Him, things will begin to dawn on you; he is the Dayspring.
3. Taken for granted
Without the sun, life would be impossible. Its work in our worlds is so dependable that we often neglect its influence. It is the same with the Dayspring. He is dependable, He is life sustaining, He is faithful; He is near, yet His work and influence are taken for granted.
When the sun rises in the East, it is not because we asked for it to rise and we cannot prevent its daily journey. The sun comes independently of our merit or demerit; its function is completely out of our hands. How does this compare to our Dayspring?
1. He came through the tender mercies of God
Luke 1:78 tells us this. The Dayspring came to this earth out of God’s
mercy not our merit.
2. He came from on high
If you check out Luke 1:76, He came from the Highest or the Most High God.
3. He came to us
He came to “visit” us (Luke 1:78). This “visit” implies that He came as a friend and His stay was not meant to be permanent. The coming of the Dayspring fits quite nicely with Ephesians 2:8-9. “For by grace (tender mercies of God) are ye saved by faith… it is a gift of God (the Most High), not of works lest any man should boast. In other words, if someone says they are good enough to go to heaven, it’s like saying “because I am a good person, the sun arose today




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