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The Sunrise of God

Sunrise over the Rocky Mountains, photo credit: Pat Mingarelli

Originally posted on The Creation Speaks

“And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare his ways; to give to His people the knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, with which the Sunrise from on high will visit us, to shine upon those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death.” Luke 1:76-79

The Sunrise of God

The words of John the Baptist’s father Zachariah declare the coming of the sunrise from on High. The “sunrise” Zachariah refers to is Jesus. He is the Light that came to take away our darkness. As the great Christmas hymn “Silent Night” sings:

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Silent night! holy night!
Son of God love’s pure light
radiant beams from thy holy face
with the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord at thy birth.
Jesus, Lord at thy birth.

Learn more about the birth of John the Baptist in Luke chapter 1. 

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Written by Pat Mingarelli

Hi. My name is Pat Mingarelli. I am an award-winning nature photographer with a unique kind of creation ministry. As an outdoor photographer I’ve spent countless hours observing God’s hand in creation. I’ve learned that God speaks to us through His creation and the creation speaks to us about God. You find me at

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