"But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness
arise with healing in his wings
," MAL 4:2.

The sun is used in Scripture as a type of Christ. ISA 30:26 compares the Old Testament ceremonies to "The light of the moon" and the coming of Christ to "...the light of the sun [which] shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days." To understand Christ as the "Sun of righteousness", we must consider the three main qualities of the sun. They are light, warmth and gravitation.

REV 21:23 teaches us that the "glory of God," which is the righteousness of Christ, shall lighten the heavens for all eternity. The righteousness of the saints, which is "Christ in you," COL 1:27, shall lighten the world.

Jesus said in MAT 5:14- 16, "Ye are the light of the world...Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."

God's servants who proclaim the gospel are His instruments of light. Jesus told Paul, "I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth," ACT 13:47.

The apostle Paul taught that the righteousness of the saints was the light of the world in PHI 2:15. "That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world."

The warmth of the "Sun of righteousness" was the healing of the nations. Our text says, "But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings." The warmth of the sun heals the barrenness of winter.

SON 2:10-13 says, "My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; [As the Spirit of Christ, i.e., 'The Sun of righteousness' arises, the little plants of the fruits of the Spirit begin to spring up everywhere.] The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land...Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away."

Spiritual growth requires us to Rise up "and come away" from all coldness, spiritual deadness, harshness and hardness of heart.

It has been established scientifically that the sun's gravitation holds the planets in their paths. This is the force that holds the universe together. If gravitation could be turned off, the universe would come apart. The righteousness of Christ is the gravitation that draws the spiritual universe together.

Jesus said in JOH 12:32, "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. This he said, signifying what death he should die." This self-sacrificial death that Christ died is the gravitation whereby "God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them," 2CO 5:19.

This self-sacrificial love of Christ in our human nature is gravitation which drew the Father into oneness with His church by fulfilling the purpose of His creation, PHI 2:8-11.

Jesus said in MAT 5:45-48 that the Father, "...maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good." His gospel, "...shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations," MAT 24:14.

The Spiritual universe bathes in the light and warmth of the Lord Jesus Christ, and it is bound into oneness with the Father by the gravitation of this "Sun of righteousness". Amen.

Jehovah is my Sun;
He shines into my heart;
Though clouds do often interpose,
My Sun shall not depart.

This Sun has warmed my soul,
When chilled by sin and death;
Its beams have shone with strength and heat,
And made me strong in faith.

Whatever be my frame,
My Sun no change can know;
Though I am dark, he still remains
My light and glory too.

Nor death, nor sin, nor hell,
Shall make him cease to shine;
And, though I cannot always feel
His beams, he’s ever mine.

’Tis no precarious light
That shines on Zion’s hill;
’Tis God, essential light itself,
And therefore cannot fail.