I want to greet you on this Lord’s Day in the name of our Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The Father has gathered His people throughout the world on this Lord’s Day into tiny little greenhouses called the church. He has done so that He might shine upon us through His Son. His Son, Jesus Christ, like the sun that rose above us this morning, brings into our lives both light and heat.
As God’s glory is proclaimed and His Word is preached, light pierces the darkness of our hearts. We see more clearly our sin. We see more deeply our need for Jesus. Not only does it drive away the darkness, but it also reveals beauties that we never would have noticed otherwise. We begin to see the image of God in our neighbor. We begin to see the mercies of God in our own lives. We begin to see the glory of God in His creation and the delightful duty of obedience in His Word.
And with light comes heat. The more light God gives us today, the greater will be the heat—heat to warm our hearts when they grow cold and weary; heat to burn away the dross and chaff of the world; heat to make us happy and holy one degree at a time.
Our Triune God does all of this for us today, not that we might know better, feel better, or act better, but that we might have our eyes turned heavenward to the true source of that light, the Son Himself. He is our wisdom, our happiness, and our holiness. Let us heed the words of the Psalmist as we gather on this Lord’s Day: “Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.” (Psalm 2:11-13)