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1:16, 17. Zacharias said of him, “And thou, child, shall be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways; to give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins.” Luke 1:76, 77.
This was the dawning of a new day, the breaking forth of earth's most glorious daythe day of salvation. The prophets foresaw this, and spoke of it as a clear morning. Isaiah foretold it in these words: “The burden of Dumah. He calleth to me out of Seir, Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night? The watchman said, The morning cometh, and also the night: if ye will inquire, inquire ye: return, come.” Isa. 21:11, 12. Dumah signifies silence. This was the time of silence from Malachi to Christ. The inquirer asks, “What of the night?" namely, What time of night is it? The watchman cried, “The morning cometh.” This morning was the clear morning of the Christian era. “For, behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising." Isa. 60:2, 3. This time of darkness was the night of Judaism. But it was foreseen that the Lord would arise and that his glory would be seen. This refers to the ushering in of the better dispensation. The coming of Christ was to be a beautiful sunrise, and the Gentiles were to come to the brightness of his rising. “But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves in the stall.” Mal. 4:2.
The Pristine Glory—The Ushering in of a
In fulfilment of these predictions, Christ came the Sun of righteousness, and ushered in a clear day. “Weeping may endure for a night; but joy cometh in the morning.” Nineteen centuries ago a babe was born in the stable of an inn, in the Roman province of Judea. At this time Cæsar Augustus was an absolute sovereign. With unlimited power, he ruled over three hundred millions of people, comprising the Roman empire. Such power no mortal ever swayed before. Little did this proud ruler of all the world then known dream, as he sat upon his throne in gorgeous apparel, that a new-born babe who was slumbering in a manger, in the town of Bethlehem, in far-off Syria, and whose infant cries were mingled with the braying of donkeys, the lowing of cattle, and the bleating of goats - little, I say, did this mighty sovereign dream that this lowly infant was destined to establish a religion and kingdom before which all the glory and power of the proud Cæsars would fade away. But, dear reader, it was At the birth of that babe the bells of heaven rang and all the angels worshiped. The glad news was at once wafted from heaven to earth that this was the “Savior, ... Christ the Lord.” Shepherds on the Judean hills heard the angels sing the glad refrain, “Glory to God in the highest."
“Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring [sunrising, margin] from on high hath visited us, to give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” Luke 1:78, 79. The advent of the Savior was a beautiful sunrising. “The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up." Matt. 4:16. Christ himself was that light. He said, “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.' Christ was not the light of one nation only, Israel, but the light of "the world.” Yes, he was the “salvation” which God “hast prepared before the face of all people; a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel” (Luke 2:25-32). “For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light