The word anatolay is used in scripture to describe Jesus as the daystar rising. Two thousand years ago he ushered in a new day, rising in brilliant light, as the rising of the sun pushes back the deep darkness of night. His light overcame the darkness of cruelty and oppression; his truth set the people free. You can know this freedom, too, when you call upon the daystar, he will flood you with his light.
Jesus brought us the possibility of a new life and a new perspective, at his rising. As we near the first Sunday in April, let’s contemplate the blessing of his resurrection. I will begin with the way Rabbi Jonathan Cahn described the risen Christ as “the anatolay man.”
According to the rabbi, “It means the rising or the sunrise. … Messiah is the rising, the resurrection. … and what does a sunrise do? It ends the night. … Why is Messiah the sunrise? Because he ends the night.
“And the sunrise is the light that breaks through the darkness … of this world, through the darkness of history, and through the darkness of our lives … and the sunrise brings a new beginning … the dawn. … And so Messiah is the one who brings new beginning to history and a new beginning to every life that receives him. He even alters the world’s calendar.
“His light is the light of dawn. And the light of sunrise grows continually brighter ... and to have him in your life is to have the sunrise in your life. That means you must let that light continually grow and grow always brighter until it lights up every part of your life. For to those who know him, he is not only the light of the world, ... he’s the dawn, ... he’s the sunrise.”
God our heavenly father has not left us in the dark, he sent his son to speak the words of life and truth and light. His word is a “lamp to our feet and a light to our path.” (Psalm 119:105) Jesus is the resurrection and the life, he is the daystar rising and he calls to you — invite the light!
Barbara Brown is a member of the Lighthouse Church of God ministry team.
Perspectives is a regular column sponsored and written by members of the Ketchikan Ministerial Association.