Green Valley Sermons

The Everlasting Light

Sunday, March 6, 2016         

Isaiah 60:15-22

Revelation 21 and 22:1-5

Luke 4:16-22

Isaiah 61:1-3


Isa 60:15 "Whereas you have been forsaken and hated with no one passing through, I will make you an everlasting pride, a joy from generation to generation. 16 "You will also suck the milk of nations, and will suck the breast of kings; then you will know that I, the Lord, am your Savior, and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.

17 "Instead of bronze I will bring gold, and instead of iron I will bring silver, and instead of wood, bronze, and instead of stones, iron. And I will make peace your administrators, and righteousness your overseers. 18 "Violence will not be heard again in your land, nor devastation or destruction within your borders; but you will call your walls salvation, and your gates praise. 19 "No longer will you have the sun for light by day, nor for brightness will the moon give you light; but you will have the Lord for an everlasting light, and your God for your glory. 20 "Your sun will set no more, neither will your moon wane; for you will have the Lord for an everlasting light, and the days of your mourning will be finished. 21 "Then all your people will be righteous; they will possess the land forever, the branch of My planting, the work of My hands, that I may be glorified. 22 "The smallest one will become a clan,

and the least one a mighty nation. I, the Lord, will hasten it in its time." NASB

Isaiah 60:19 - Who is the Everlasting Light? It is God, Creator and Lord of all things. In the last two chapters of the book of Revelation John describes for us the end of all things, which is not an end but a beginning. God's people are described as a city and as a Bride. Read with me as John reveals the future of God's people.


Rev 21:1-5

1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He shall dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be among them, 4 and He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there shall no longer be any death; there shall no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away." NASB

Rev 21:9-15

9 And one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues, came and spoke with me, saying, "Come here, I shall show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb." 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, 11 having the glory of God. Her brilliance was like a very costly stone, as a stone of crystal-clear jasper. 12 It had a great and high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels; and names were written on them, which are those of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel. 13 There were three gates on the east and three gates on the north and three gates on the south and three gates on the west. 14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundation stones, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. NASB

Rev 21:22-22:5

22 And I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God, the Almighty, and the Lamb, are its temple. 23 And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine upon it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb. 24 And the nations shall walk by its light, and the kings of the earth shall bring their glory into it. 25 And in the daytime (for there shall be no night there) its gates shall never be closed; 26 and they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it; 27 and nothing unclean and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life.


22:1 And he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, 2 in the middle of its street. And on either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3 And there shall no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His bond-servants shall serve Him; 4 and they shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. 5 And there shall no longer be any night; and they shall not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God shall illumine them; and they shall reign forever and ever. NASB

An Everlasting Light. No need for the sun or moon, because God is the light. You will have the Lord for an everlasting light and the days of your mourning will be finished.

Isaiah saw this vision in His day. John saw the vision in his day. This is a message for all generations. We are never without hope. We have the light of God which will illuminate our path for all of eternity. Do I know what will happen in the future? I do not, at least not in any kind of detail.

But I know this, the prophets of God have shared with us a vision of eternity where there will be no room for mourning and sorrow. Every tear will be wiped from our eyes.

God loves us and HE has promised to be with us for ever and ever and ever. Those who have put their faith in Jesus Christ will have everlasting light and this light is the life of people. Without Him we are lost and without hope. With Him we can be assured that we can stand before God having put on the robes of Christ's righteousness. God will not see our sin, He will look on us with the love He has for the Son.

When the accuser stands up to make charges against us, Christ will stand in our place and say to the Judge that we are covered by the blood that He spilled on our behalf. HE is the light that gives light to all who trust Him throughout all the ages of mankind, past and present.

The days of our mourning will be past.

Look at Isaiah 61:1-3


Isa 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives, and freedom to prisoners; 2 to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, 3 to grant those who mourn in Zion, giving them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting. So they will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified. NASB

Jesus quoted this Scripture when He began his public ministry. Look at Luke 4:16-22

16 And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and as was His custom, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath, and stood up to read. 17 And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. And He opened the book, and found the place where it was written,

18 "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind,

to set free those who are downtrodden, 19 to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord."

20 And He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant, and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed upon Him. 21 And He began to say to them, "Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing." NASB

Jesus was and will be the fulfillment of all the prophecies of our hope for a life restored to God. Our mourning will cease, because we will be living in the everlasting light of God Himself.

John tells us in his version of the story of Jesus that Jesus is the light that gives life to all mankind. But men loved darkness instead of light. They clung to their sinful ways and rejected the Son of God who came to save them, not to judge them.

When God confronts us about our sinfulness, the only proper response is to bow in humility and admit our guilt. When we confess our rebellion, our refusal to trust God, He promises forgiveness.

Jesus is the light of the world, if you would live you must accept Him, trust Him, receive Him as the answer of God to our rebellion.

He came to lift us up from our bondage to sin and rebellion. Man without God is without hope and will be unable to stand before God. It is only as we trust His love and grace that we have any hope of being restored to living in the Everlasting Light of God.

And what is the purpose in all of this? One thing - That God would be glorified.

Continue reading in Isaiah – the 1st 3 verses of chapter 61.

Isa 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives, and freedom to prisoners; 2 to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, 3 to grant those who mourn in Zion, giving them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting. So they will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified. NASB

We live and move and have our being because God wanted it to be so. He will be acknowledged by all as Lord of lords and King of kings. Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess Him as the One True God who created all things and is worthy of all praise.


God will be glorified. Accept His love and grace and live in the Everlasting Light of God. Do you know Him today? Please don't turn Him away. Come and receive Him, accept Him, trust Him as Lord and Savior.