Let us continue to “consider Jesus.” (Heb. 3:1)
Luke 1:78,79“Because of the tender mercy of our God, With which the Sunrise [Dayspring, dawn] from on high shall visit us 79 TO SHINE UPON THOSE WHO SIT IN DARKNESS AND THE SHADOW OF DEATH, To guide our feet into the way of peace.”
Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist, prophesied hopefully of the work that his would do in leading the way for the Messiah. After speaking of the deliverance from sins that would be offered in Christ, Zacharias said that this was like the warmth and enlightenment of the sun shining on a world darkened in sin. Now the will be clearly illuminated. Christ will visit the earth like the rising sun with the tender mercy of God.
Zacharias was quoting Mal. 4:2 when he spoke these words, “But to you who fear My name The Sun of Righteousness shall arise With healing in His wings.” Christ's coming was the dawn of a new day for Israel and for mankind.