When the Sun Was Setting

“Now when the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various diseases brought them to Him, and He laid His hands on every one of them and healed them.”—Luke 4:40


Reading: Luke 4:33-44

It was evening and the sun was setting. But the night that was coming was to be for many like the brightness of a clear morning when the sun rises. All those who had any sick with diverse diseases brought them to Jesus, and they did not bring them in vain. They brought them to a compassionate and mighty Lord, to Him who is the dayspring from on high and the Light of the World. He laid His hands on every one of them and healed them. As the hymn expresses it:

At even, when the sun was set, the sick, O Lord, around Thee lay;

O in what divers pains they met! O with what joy they went away!

That night there was really no night, for the Sun of righteousness had risen with healing in His wings.

What a glimpse this is of the time when our Lord will bring into being the new heaven and the new earth, when those who have put their trust in Him will never again experience suffering or disease. How our thoughts turn to the new Jerusalem, where there will be no night nor setting of the sun—a city that has no need of the sun, nor of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God illumines it and the Lamb is the light thereof.

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